ALEXANDER Gawne netted a late winner as Coleraine edged out Carrick Rangers at the end of November…
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Coleraine 3-2 Carrick Rangers
Goals – McLaughlin (’22 mins), Doherty (’58 mins), (Gawne ’86 mins); Anderson (’16 mins), Wilson (’27 mins)
COLERAINE leapfrogged Cliftonville back to the summit of the Danske Bank Premiership on goal difference after a gutsy comeback win against Carrick Rangers…
Goals from James McLaughlin, Ben Doherty, and Alexander Gawne helped the Stripes to all three points, despite a fighting performance from the visitors.
Oran Kearney’s side was unlucky not to grab the lead inside the opening five minutes as Ian Parkhill got on the end of Josh Carson’s cross but the shot was deflected behind for a corner. From the resulting set-piece, James McLaughlin went close with a header but Carrick had Lee Chapman to thank as he cleared the ball off the line.
Ben Doherty had a further chance from outside the area on 13 minutes as he picked up Aaron Traynor’s pass with space to drive into. The in-form midfielder took a great touch but was unable to hit the target with the shot.
Against the run of play, Carrick took the lead with their first attack on 16 minutes. Lloyd Anderson capitalised on a rare defensive error from Lyndon Kane before surging towards goal and firing the ball into the back of the net.
Coleraine responded almost immediately as Jamie Glackin went close before James McLaughlin rattled an effort wide. Ben Doherty flashed a header narrowly wide from Josh Carson’s cross in what proved to be a frantic opening 20 minutes at The Showgrounds.
Two minutes later, the Bannsiders grabbed an equaliser via James McLaughlin. A great ball over the top from Aaron Canning fell to McLaughlin who made no mistake with a cool finish from inside the box.
The visitors regained the advantage before the half-hour mark as Sachem fired in a rebound after Chris Johns made a great save to deny Guillaume Keke.
Aaron Canning was on-hand to deny Carrick a third as he made a great goal-line clearance to deny James Ferrin.
At half-time, the home side was left with a mountain to climb as they found themselves chasing the game much to the dismay of the home support.
The Bannsiders were denied the lead on 68 minutes as Kyle Cherry made a great goal-line clearance from Jamie Glackin’s corner which was bundled towards goal. Glackin had a chance of his own on 73 minutes but his shot from outside the area drifted over the crossbar.
Eoin Bradley had a great chance to grab a third via Eoin Bradley who raced clean through on goal. The striker evaded the challenge of a Carrick defender before pulling the trigger only to be denied by a superb block from the covering Chris Rodgers.
The Bannsiders won it right at the death as Alexander Gawne scored with his first touch after coming off the bench to replace Aaron Traynor. Initially, Aaron Hogg made a great save from Josh Carson’s effort but Gawne was on hand to produce a superb finish, hooking the ball over his head and into the back of the net.
Coleraine appealed for a penalty in the dying minutes of the match as goalscoring hero Gawne went down under a challenge inside the area, however, referee Tim Marshall waved away the appeals from the home side.
COLERAINE: Johns, Kane, Canning, Jarvis, Doherty, Lowry, McLaughlin (Maciulaitis ’71 mins), Carson, Parkhill (Bradley ’53 mins), Glackin, Traynor (Gawne ’84 mins).
Subs Not Used: Gallagher (GK), Douglas, McConaghie, McGuckin.
CARRICK RANGERS: Hogg, Surgenor, Rodgers, Chapman, Faulkner, Ferrin, Cherry (Hassin ’73 mins), Thompson, Sachem (Smith ’66 mins), Keke (Nixon ’61 mins), Anderson.
Subs Not Used: McAuley (GK), Carson, Neale, Magill.