Coleraine lose ground in Premiership race
Thursday, 15 December 2016
COLERAINE lost more ground on the leading teams in the Danske Bank Premiership at the weekend when they went down to the only goal of the game against Glenavon at Mourneview Park.
In truth, the margin of victory could and probably should have been greater, only some errant finishing from the home forwards and a number of saves from stand-in goalkeeper Michael Doherty keeping the scoreline down.
Doherty was one of a number of fringe players handed a rare start by Bannsiders' boss Oran Kearney who rang the changes with Tuesday's League Cup semi-final in mind.
Mark Edgar replaced Rodney Brown at left back while David Ogilby came in for Steven Douglas in a makeshift Coleraine defence.
Brad Lyons, like Brown, was omitted from the squad entirely, leaving Neil McCafferty and Davy Kee to partner up in central midfield while James McLaughlin and Jordan Allan formed a two man attack, Jamie McGonigle starting on the bench.
Given the six changes to the team which lost to Cliftonville in its previous outing it was no surprise that the visitors looked a disjointed team in the early stages.
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