BEN DOHERTY was at the double as Coleraine recorded a 3-0 win against Warrenpoint Town at The Showgrounds last month…
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Coleraine 3-0 Warrenpoint Town
Goals – Doherty (’22 mins & ’88 mins), Bradley (’38 mins)
COLERAINE narrowed the gap at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership to three points after a routine 3-0 win at home to basement club Warrenpoint Town.
A brace of penalties from Ben Doherty and a superb free-kick from Eoin Bradley helped secure Coleraine’s seventh win of the season.
Oran Kearney’s side enjoyed much of the early possession in the opening stages against Warrenpoint Town.
Stephen McDonnell’s side came with a game plan which worked in the opening exchanges as their defensive tactics helped quell the danger of Coleraine’s threat up front.
Jamie Glackin almost released Eoin Bradley with a dink over the top on twenty minutes however, his pass was slightly over hit, allowing Berraat Turker to come out to the edge of the area to gather the ball.
On 22 minutes, Ben Doherty broke the deadlock from the penalty spot. In the build up, Nedas Maciulaitis made a strong run, cutting in from the right-hand-side before drawing a challenge from Warrenpoint captain Danny Wallace which resulted in a spot kick. The ice-cool Doherty stepped up to convert from 12 yards.
The visitors had the ball in the net moments later after a melee occurred inside the box as both sides attacked the ball from a well-delivered corner. Lyndon Kane looked to have headed into his own net but referee Keith Kennedy ruled the goal out for a foul on a Coleraine player inside the box.
Eoin Bradley doubled the Bannsiders advantage on 38 minutes with a spectacular free kick from outside the area. The striker was hacked down outside the area in the build up but gathered himself up to hit the set piece which he thundered towards goal, the ball struck the base of the post before ending up in the back of the net.
Deane Watters should have reduced the deficit for Warrenpoint before the break. A rare defensive mix up between Aaron Traynor and Aaron Canning presented the attacker with a great opportunity, but his first-time shot sailed wide.
At half time Coleraine it looked to be job done for Oran Kearney’s side as the visitors rarely threatened in the first-half.
After the restart Ben Doherty produced some trickery outside the box which created an opportunity for a cross into the danger area. Eoin Bradley climbed but his header drifted narrowly over the crossbar.
Doherty was once again in the thick of the action on 56 minutes as he picked the ball up on the edge of the area after Glackin’s corner delivery was cleared. The midfielder struck an effort towards goal but the ball failed to find the target.
Moments later, Eoin Bradley had an effort saved before Anto Reilly almost pulled a goal back for Warrenpoint but his effort was denied by Chris Johns. Moments later, Josh Carson almost opened his account for the season with a well-directed header on 65 minutes but the winger was denied by an acrobatic save from Berraat Turker in the Warrenpoint goal.
The Bannsiders were awarded a second penalty on 88 minutes after Warrenpoint keeper Turker wiped Lyndon Kane out inside the area. Ben Doherty had his initial attempt saved but the midfielder got a second bite of at the cherry as he slotted home the rebound, capping a perfect afternoon for the Bannsiders.
COLERAINE: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Canning, Doherty, Lowry, Bradley (Parkhill ’73 mins), Carson (McGuckin ‘89 mins), Glackin, Traynor, Maciulaitis (Gawne ‘79 mins).
Subs Not Used: Gallagher (GK), Douglas, McLaughlin, McConaghie.
WARRENPOINT TOWN: Turker, Smith, Reilly, O’Sullivan, Bennett (Doyle ’75 mins), Prendergast, Lynch (Forde ’61 mins), Watters, Scannell, O’Connor (McVeigh ’84 mins), Wallace.
Subs not used: Moran (GK), Young, Mullen.