COLERAINE teams were narrowly beaten on day two at the SuperCup NI tournament…
COLERAINE 1-2 LARNE
Today our under 13s made the trip to Ahoghill to face Larne in day two of the SuperCupNI.
The game started at a very high pace with both teams looking to make their mark and Coleraine needed a great save from Cole Smyth early on to keep the game level.
Coleraine players continued to work hard and were rewarded when John Strunks made a great run down the left, cut inside to deliver a cross which Lucas McClements met with a great finish.
Larne came back strong and started creating chances but the Coleraine defence held strong until the half.
The second half started with Coleraine looking to extend their lead early on, but it was Larne who drew level form a corner kick.
Both sides now level and neither happy to share the points the high tempo continued with end to end play.
Larne were then awarded a questionable free kick 25 yards from goal which was slotted into the top corner to see Larne take all three points.
Unlucky boys and we go again tomorrow with our final game of the group stages against Linfield at Inver Park.
COLERAINE 0-1 PORTADOWN
The young Bannsiders started brightly with Conal Morgan coming close to opening the score within only a few minutes on the clock.
The first half saw Coleraine create a number of chances which were not converted. A closely fought second half was finally decided when with 10 minutes to go Portadown scored against the run of play.
Despite continued pressure from Coleraine, they could not find an equaliser and suffered their second defeat of the competition.
Speaking afterwards Stevie McCann said: “The boys worked tremendously hard for the full game and didn’t deserve to lose.
“But if you don’t take chances you create you are always vulnerable to a sucker punch and that’s what happened today.
“They will learn from it. We face Linfield tomorrow who have won both of their opening games and it will be another tough match.”
It would prove to be a mixed day for County Londonderry as they tasted success in the Premier section but lost in the Junior section.
The Junior section were narrowly beaten 1-0 by County Tyrone at the Warren in Portstewart.
However, Lewis Tosh would score the only goal of the game as Co. Londonderry secured a 1-0 win against Co. Tyrone in the Premier section.