Itís honours even after Showgrounds stalemate

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Itís honours even after Showgrounds stalemate thumbnailColeraine players celebrate with goalscorer Jamie McGonigle after he fired the home side in front against Crusaders on Saturday.

IT'S often been said that football is a game of opinions.
Nowhere was this more evident that at the Coleraine Showgrounds on Saturday.
Approaching Crusaders' manager Stephen Baxter in the wake of an enthralling 1-1 draw I put it to him that the scoreline was a fair reflection of the preceding 90 plus minutes.
‘Now, come on..." he replied, before laughing.
Not the reaction I was expecting, given that most observers would have felt a point apiece was just about the right result on a day when neither side dominated.
Indeed, calling into a local supermarket on my way home I met one Coleraine supporter who believed his favourites were deserving of all three points!
Football's like that, I suppose.
To be honest, there was little between the two teams, particularly in a hard-fought first half played in difficult conditions and on a pitch made soft by incessant rain in the 24 hours prior to kick-off.
Not surprising given Crusaders' impressive away form in the league - seven wins out of seven - and their opponents' equally magnificent form at home where they have yet to lose this season.
Chances were at a premium in the opening 45 minutes with both defences on top, defender Stephen O'Donnell going closest for Coleraine with a header from a Darren McCauley corner which went narrowly wide.


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