COLERAINE continued their fine pre-season form last weekend with a convincing 4-0 win over North West rivals Institute at The Showgrounds…
The Bannsiders started brightly and it only took two minutes for the home side to grab the lead as Jamie McGonigle drilled an effort low into the bottom corner beyond the reach of ‘Stute keeper Marty Gallagher.
The Stripes kept up the pressure and looked to have bagged a second in the fifth minute. Some excellent foresight allowed James McLaughlin to dink the ball through to McGonigle who had goal in his sight, however, he rolled the ball to Aaron Burns at the back post but his left footed drive was cleared off the line.
Jamie McGonigle turned provider for Josh Carson on seven minutes as he sent the former Ipswich Town midfielder through on goal. The winger was deliberately fouled outside the area and from the resulting free-kick, front man James McLaughlin failed to hit the target.
Moments later, Aaron Burns thundered a header off the crossbar before McLaughlin hit the net with a fantastic header from outside the box which was ruled out for offside, much to the dismay of the in-form striker.
Jamie Dunne mustered the visitors first chance before the half hour mark as he drilled an effort over the crossbar. Moments later, Institute looked to have levelled shortly after as Caoimhin Bonner flashed a header narrowly wide from a well delivered free kick.
Institute seemed to have gained their composure midway through the first half and almost levelled before the break via Jamie McIntyre but the ex-Derry City man failed to hit the target from a well placed position inside the area.
Institute went for a different approach at the start of the second half as Callum Moorehead and Aidy McCauley entered the fray whilst former Coleraine forward Joe McCready was introduced in attack. The move almost paid dividends as the visitors were on the attack from the get go. Jamie McIntyre tried his luck on 50 minutes but his speculative turn and shot from outside the box sailed over.
Coleraine extended their lead on 55 minutes via ex-Institute man Stephen O’Donnell. The centre half climbed highest to nod home Ben Doherty’s pinpoint delivery from a free kick. Initially, Josh Carson was adjudged to have been fouled by ‘Stute’s Jamie Dunne and it was from this Oran Kearney’s men bagged their second of the afternoon.
The Bannsiders introduced youngsters Jack Bradley, Caleb Wan and Pierce Quigley midway through the second half and the trio combined to create Coleraine’s third goal of the afternoon in fine style. Whiteside knocked the ball up the line to Quigley who turned provider for the advancing Bradley and the midfielder kept his composure to nod home at the back post.
Coleraine’s youth combined for the Bannsiders’ fourth goal of the afternoon as Caleb Wan reacted quickest inside the box to fire home Pierce Quigley’s cross at the second attempt.
The result means the Bannsiders’ pre-season preparations are going well with four wins from four matches.
Oran Kearney’s men will dust themselves down before a trip to Shamrock Park next Saturday to face Portadown.
COLERAINE: M. Doherty (Purcell ’75 mins), Mullan, Douglas, O’Donnell, (Crown ’60 mins), Canning, McLaughlin (Quigley ’66 mins), Shiels, Burns (J. Bradley ’66 mins), McGonigle (Wan ’60 mins), B. Doherty (Whiteside ’56 mins), Carson.
INSTITUTE: Gallagher (Doherty ’46 mins), Bonner, D. Curry, Dunne (Scoltock ’78 mins), S. Curry (Moorehead ’46 mins), Morrow (McCauley ’46 mins), Jarvis, Brown, McIntyre, McBride (Gormley ’72 mins), Grace (McCready ’46 mins).
Subs not used: McDermott, McLaughlin.
Referee: Arnold Hunter