Seven up as Bannsiders stroll through in Irish Cup

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Seven up as Bannsiders stroll through in Irish Cup thumbnailIan Parkhill marked his 150th appearance for the Bannsiders with a goal against Lisburn Distillery in Saturday’s Irish Cup win at the Showgrounds.

STEPHEN Dooley made a triumphant return to Coleraine colours at the weekend as last year's beaten finalists eased past Premier Intermediate side Lisburn Distillery to book their place in the sixth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup. Dooley, who announced his arrival as a 16-year-old with a semi-final Irish Cup goal against Donegal Celtic back in 2008, played a key role in his first game since signing from last year's League of Ireland double winners Cork City.
And while it is much too early to think of repeating the feat this side of the border, there is little doubt, judging on Saturday's performance, that the now 26-year-old will considerably boost the club's chances of winning silverware in their 90th anniversary year.
Dooley was just one of a number of changes made by Coleraine manager Oran Kearney as he sought to rest a number of players ahead of what promises to be a hectic run-in to the Danske Bank Premiership campaign.


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