Eoin Bradley does the trick in Irish Cup win
Thursday, 12 January 2017
HE'S a hard man to keep out of the headlines is Eoin Bradley. He was at it again on Saturday, scoring a brilliant hat-trick to help ease Coleraine into the next round of the Tennent's Irish Cup in a potentially tricky tie against Carrick Rangers.
It took him just two minutes to announce his return to his former stomping ground, latching on to an Adam Mullan ball over the top to confidently stride forward and coolly despatch the ball under Carrick 'keeper Brian Neeson for the opening goal.
Two further strikes in the second half - after the visitors had pulled a goal back - put paid to any thoughts of a Carrick comeback and ensured a relatively stress-free afternoon for Coleraine boss Oran Kearney.
In between times, strike partner Jordan Allan scored twice, one from the penalty spot, to make it three goals in two games for the Scot who looks to be forming a formidable partnership with Bradley.
This was an altogether much improved performance from the home side, the other players obviously benefiting from Bradley's powerful performance up front.
He was able to hold the ball up, allowing his colleagues to support him and keeping the pressure on the visitors.
“We put a lot of effort into trying to get off to a good start, to get out of the blocks early," said Oran Kearney.
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