COLERAINE would score a goal in each half to beat Glenavon and move into the Sixth Round of the Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup…
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Glenavon 0-2 Coleraine
Goals – Glackin (‘9 mins), Bradley (’75 mins)
COLERAINE progressed safely through to the sixth round of the Irish Cup after a battling victory against Glenavon at Mourneview Park…
Goals from Jamie Glackin and Eoin Bradley ensured the win against the Lurgan Blues and on another day, Oran Kearney’s side could have enjoyed a bigger winning margin as they missed a number of chances over the course of the game.
The Bannsiders should have hit the target after five minutes as James McLaughlin played Eoin Bradley through on goal but his effort scuttled past the post.
Bradley more than made for his early miss as he played Jamie Glackin through on goal inside the opening ten minutes. The midfielder kept his composure to round Johnny Tuffey and tap the ball into the empty net.
Sammy Clingan looked to respond for the home side with a free-kick but Chris Johns was equal to the effort that looked destined for the top corner. Coleraine had a scare from the resulting corner as Lyndon Kane almost turned into his own net.
James McLaughlin should have doubled Coleraine’s advantage shortly after but his right footed effort went wide.
Rhys Marshall almost rounded off his Glenavon career in the perfect manner as he looked to have pulled the Lurgan Blues level on 20 minutes. The defender latched onto Andrew Mitchell’s through ball inside the area but his effort beat the goalkeeper and the far post.
Gary Hamilton threatened for Glenavon as James McLaughlin went close for Coleraine but both men were unable to find the net.
At half-time, the Bannsiders were ahead thanks to Jamie Glackin. Oran Kearney would have felt slightly disappointed not to have been further in front due to the chances his side enjoyed in the opening 45 minutes.
Sammy Clingan looked to level for Glenavon after the break but his curling effort went wide of the post.
Former Coleraine winger Dylan Davidson had a great chance to pull Glenavon level shortly after but his header failed to hit the target.
Gary Hamilton was in the thick of the action in the second half as his side mounted the pressure for an equaliser and it looked as though he had grabbed the crucial goal on 55 minutes. The ball came across the box from a free-kick but Hamilton’s strike was cleared by Lyndon Kane.
Coleraine went on the attack as Ian Parkhill broke down the right-wing before firing a cross into the box. The ball fell to McLaughlin but he blazed over from inside the area despite having time and space.
McLaughlin was to be left frustrated once again after the hour mark as he was put through on goal by Bradley but was denied by a save from Johnny Tuffey.
The Bannsiders were living dangerously in the second half as Glenavon threw everything at it in an attempt to get level. And, they looked to have got their goal on 66 minutes but Josh Daniels’ rattled the crossbar with a header before Davidson also flashed wide with a header.
Coleraine extended their lead midway through the second half as Eoin Bradley pounced. Initially, Bradley capitalised on a defensive error to dink the ball over the advancing Tuffey before volleying the dropping ball into the net.
Second-half substitute Alexander Gawne threatened for the visitors in the closing minutes in what proved to be a perfect day at the office for the Bannsiders.
GLENAVON: Tuffey, Doyle, Daniels, Marshall, Mitchell, Clingan, Singleton, Garrett (Jenkins ‘76 mins), Davidson (Marron ‘76 mins), Sharkey, Hamilton (Moorehouse ‘65 mins).
Subs Not Used: Larmour, Harmon, McCloskey, Beggs.
COLERAINE: Johns, Kane, Canning, Lowry, McLaughlin (Gawne ‘80 mins), Bradley, Carson, McConaghie, Parkhill (O’Donnell ‘77 mins), Glackin, Traynor.
Subs Not Used: Gallagher (GK), Douglas, McGuckin, Nevin.