DUNDALK 2 COLERAINE 3
Coleraine produced a superb display to take a 3-2 lead into the second leg of their Setanta Cup tie against Dundalk.
Unsurprisingly it was the hosts who settled the quicker on the artificial surface and twice in the opening six minutes they went close to opening the score through Patrick Hoban and Daryl Horgan.
Horgan was proving to be a real threat and on 18 minutes he latched on to Stephen O’Donnell’s back heel before slotting past Eugene Ferry.
Coleraine began to settle and they got back on level terms on 34 minutes thanks to a spectacular strike from Davy McDaid. There looked to be nothing on for him when he picked the ball up 25 yards out from goal, but he crashed an unstoppable shot in off the cross bar.
And four minutes into the second half McDaid put the Bannsiders in front as he finished off a flowing move at the back post.
Nine minutes later it was 3-1 as McDaid squirmed free of his markers, his initial shot was blocked but he fed Ruairi Harkin who finished from a tight angle.
The home side reduced the arrears almost immediately as David McMillan headed home after a corner.
Dundalk: Cherrie, Rossiter, Massey, Boyle, Kelly, Higgins, O’Donnell, Towell, Horgan, Hoban, McMillan. Subs: Shields, Mountney, Byrne, Griffin, Meenan, O’Connor, Sava.
Coleraine: Ferry, Watt, McNeill, Canning, Douglas, Harkin, Hegarty, Lowry, Owens, McDaid, Browne. Subs: Bradley, Jennings, Tommons, Lindsay, Mullan, Surgeoner, Shannon.
Referee: Paul McLaughlin.