It was boy’s own stuff at The Showgrounds as teenage striker Johnny Stewart came off the bench to fire Coleraine in to the third round of the League Cup.
It was a welcome relief for the Bannsiders as they had to fight back from a goal down and the loss of Stephen Douglas, who was sent off in the 60th minute, to see off a spirted Loughgall side.
The visitors snatched a surprise lead with only six minutes gone as Jude Ballard played in Aaron Haire and he coolly slotted past Wayne Drummond. Coleraine almost reposnded with a minute as Aaron Canning fired a volley off the post after a good ball in by Paul Owens from the left.
Loughgall’s goal was living a charmed life in the first half as Coleraine twice had the ball cleared off the line following scrambles from corners as the Premiership side started to turn the screw.
Five minutes into the second half Coleraine drew level as Stephen Douglas bulletted home a header from Ruairi Harkin’s corner. But Douglas’ night took a turn for the worse 10 minutes later as Douglas was shown the red card by referee John Deighan after an innocuous altercation with Joe McKee.
Daniel Ryan spurned a great opportunity to put Loughgall back in front again with 14 minutes to go as he latched on to a weak pass by Stevie Lowry before racing clear, but he pulled his shot wide from the angle. Stephen Lowry went close at the other end with four minutes to go as he crashed a shot off the bar, the visitors just managed to scramble the rebound away.
In to extra time and Coleraine edged in front through substitute Johnny Stewart. The teenage striker headed home Lowry’s free kick five minutes in to extra time.
Wayne Drummond was at full stretch with two minutes to go as Adam Rodgers tested him from distance and that was as close as the visitors went to force the game in to penalties.