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Bannsiders miss the chance to go second

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Bannsiders miss the chance to go second thumbnailColeraine management and supporters will be hoping James McLaughlin is fit to face league champions Crusaders this weekend after hobbling off in the draw with Dungannon.

COLERAINE missed the opportunity to move into second in the Danske Bank Premiership when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Dungannon Swifts at The Showgrounds on Friday evening.
The home side opened the scoring through Neil McCafferty in the ninth minute when he calmly scored from the penalty spot after referee Keith Kennedy adjudged that Seanan Clucas had impeded Jamie McGonigle inside the penalty area.
It appeared harsh on the visitors but they were to get a soft looking penalty of their own ten minutes later when the match official ruled that David Kee had handled inside the area, Swifts top scorer Andrew Mitchell levelling with his ninth goal of the season.
Coleraine got their noses in front for a second time shortly before the interval when Brad Lyons capitalised on a poor back pass from defender David Armstrong, rounded keeper Andy Coleman and shot goalwards.
Covering defender Chris Hegarty got back on the line to hook the ball away but the officials agreed that the ball had crossed the line and the goal was given.
The Bannsiders had chances to put the game to bed in the third quarter but were unable to get the third goal they so desperately required.
Lyons came closest after 73 minutes when his attempted shot beat Coleman but rebounded to safety off a post.
Minutes later Dungannon equalised for a second time when Hegarty headed home a Glackin corner.

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