JAMES MCLAUGHLIN continued his hot streak of form in pre-season as he helped himself to four goals in the win against Glebe Rangers…
The Bannsiders made the perfect start by taking the lead after just four minutes when the alert McLaughlin headed the ball into Jamie Glackin. The midfielder allowed the ball to hit the surface before he unleashed a crisp drive into the bottom corner.
The advantage was doubled ten minutes later as neat play by the Stripes allowed Lyndon Kane to burst into the area and as the full-back was about to shoot, he was upended in the area by Adam Harte. An ice cool McLaughlin would dispatch his penalty into the bottom corner.
McLaughlin was proving to be everywhere throughout the 90 minutes and the marksman left the crossbar shaking with a well hit half volley from just outside the area. However, on 38 minutes, McLaughlin would be celebrating for a second time as he latched onto Ian Parkhill’s cross to acrobatically find the net with the aid of a deflection.
Glebe Rangers were fighting hard but should have found themselves 4-0 down five minutes into the second-half as a neat cut back by Parkhill released Ben Doherty inside the area, but the ex-Derry City man blazed over the crossbar.
Coleraine looked like scoring every time they ventured forward and McLaughlin sealed his hat-trick on 56 minutes as a delightful cross by Parkhill met the head of the striker who made no mistake from close range. The Ballymoney could have added another goal moments later but his lob sailed inches wide.
Oran Kearney’s men added a fifth on 78 minutes as a diagonal ball by Aaron Canning was chested by Glackin into the path of Parkhill who guided the ball past McMullan. There was time for another goal on 82 minutes as McLaughlin carefully guided a header into the bottom corner from Caolan Brennan’s cross.
GLEBE RANGERS: McMullan, Shephard (Elliot ’14 mins), Dobbin, McCartney, Brown, Reid, Harte, Kirkpatrick (Ferris ’60 mins), Mitchell (Harrison ’75 mins), McWhirter.
COLERAINE: Doherty, Kane, Mullan, Lowry, McLaughlin, McConaghie, Parkhill, Canning, Doherty, Glackin, Brennan (McLean ’77 mins).
Sub Not Used: Owens