Coleraine ease pressure with victory at Dungannon

Coleraine's David McDaid opened the scoring against Dungannon
Coleraine's David McDaid opened the scoring against Dungannon

Dungannon Swifts 0 Coleraine 2

Two goals at either end of the match gave Coleraine their first win in four attempts against Dungannon Swifts this season.

David McDaid’s strike after 11 minutes, and a stoppage time goal from John Watt, settled a poor quality game at Stangmore Park.

The win – only Coleraine’s seventh in the league this season – edges them further away from trouble at the bottom of the table.

However, Dungannon will be bitterly disappointed at the opening goal.

There seemed little danger as Dermot McCaffrey took up possession, but he took too long on the ball and was robbed by McDaid, who ran clear and slotted through the goalkeeper’s legs.

Dungannon lost Fra Brennan and then Cameron Grieve to injuries in the first half.

But they kept battling and pressed for an equaliser in the second period. Chris Lavery had a shot blocked just short of the line while a late Ryan Harpur effort drifted over.

However, Coleraine secured the points in stoppage time when McDaid’s cross was turned home by Watt, a 59th minute substitute for Stephen Lowry.

DUNGANNON SWIFTS: Buchanan, Brennan (S Lavery, 25), Grieve (Hazley, 43), McCaffrey, McCashin, Hutchinson, McCullough, Harpur, Glackin, Liggett, C Lavery. Subs not used: Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Brolly

COLERAINE: Ferry, Beverland, McIlmoyle, Douglas, Owens, Lowry (Watt, 59), Harkin, Canning, Bradley, McDaid, McNeill. Subs not used: Ogilby, Jennings, McDowell, Mullan

Referee: Evan Boyce (Comber)