Match Reaction

Shevlin proves a point

COLERAINE striker Matthew Shevlin was delighted to make an impact as his late strike earned the Bannsiders a draw last night…

The ex-Linfield ace was brought off the bench on 60 minutes and would have the final say as he pounced in stoppage time to earn Coleraine a point for their efforts.

Speaking to Coleraine TV after the game, Shevlin insists the goal was a trademark chance for a striker as he tapped home from close range.

“It’s just one of those ones that strikers dream of,” he said.

“The ball fell to me and it was an open net, so I was delighted to put it away.

“My eyes lit up after Devlin parried it and I was just happy to be there to put it away.

“Oran said to Skinner and I to go and make an impact.

“Thankfully, I felt we did that.”

Shevlin took his goal tally to the season to 19 but hopes to add to that total the Bannsiders face Cliftonville on Friday night in the quarter-final of the Irish Cup.

“I’m pleased with that total but I’m not done yet,” he added.

“We will have to see how many I end up with come the end of the season.

“We know every time that we’ve played Cliftonville this season we probably haven’t done ourselves any justice.

“We go there on Friday night and we want to make an impact on the game and go through to the next round.

“We have a busy schedule but it’s just about keeping yourself right, eating right, training right, recover well and being ready when called upon.