HIGHLIGHTS from the Bannsiders’ fixture against FK Pobeda in the UEFA Youth League are now available to watch on the club’s official YouTube account…
The young guns would take a slender 3-2 lead to North Macedonia as they came from behind to win a first leg thriller at The Showgrounds.
The deadlock would be broken on five minutes as Jack Patton was in the right place at the right time to guide the ball into the bottom corner.
However, the visitors would equalise on 42 minutes as a free-kick from Filip Todoroski went into the back of the net amid a sea of bodies.
Just before the half-time whistle, FK Pobeda would take the lead with the impressive Todoroski involved yet again as a quick one-two allowed the attacking midfielder to go through on goal and he arrowed into the bottom corner.
Whatever Marty Smith said at half-time had the desired effect as Coleraine made it 2-2 on 52 minutes. A shot by Aaron Campbell deflected off Andrew Stinson and went into the net.
Seven minutes later, the turnaround was complete as an inviting delivery into the area by Michael Stewart was met by the brave Reece Watton who got to the ball before the ‘keeper to head home.
Coleraine would have a glorious chance to make it 4-2 as Stinson fired wide from a cut back, whilst at the other end, a corner kick by Pobeda found its way to Andrej Arizankoski inside the box but he couldn’t get a meaningful touch on the ball and McDowell saved.