Coleraine leapfrog Warrenpoint with home victory

Coleraine's  Aaron Canning celebrates
Coleraine's Aaron Canning celebrates

Coleraine produced a dominant display to leapfrog Warrenpoint Town in the Danske Bank Premiership table with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night.

Goals from Aaron Canning, Eoin Bradley and Gary Browne pushed the Bannsiders up to tenth ahead of Barry Gray’s side.

David McDaid squandered a great opportunity with nine minutes gone after new boy Joe McNeill had sent him clear, the striker’s dinked finish beat Jonathan Parr but also the far post.

McNeill was causing problems and he felt he should have been awarded a penalty on 15 minutes after a collision with Parr, but the referee was unmoved.

Coleraine broke the deadlock through an unlikely source as Ruairi Harkin’s inswinging free kick was headed home by an unmarked Aaron Canning.

Coleraine started the second half strongly and made it 2-0 on 51 minutes as Eoin Bradley fired home from the spot after McDaid had been brought down.

The impressive McNeill turned provider as Coleraine added a third on 73 minutes, his run and cross setting up Gary Browne for a tap in.

In the last minute Town’s Mark Hughes pulled down Harkin in the box, but the midfielder missed from the spot.

Coleraine: Ferry, Canning, McIlmoyle (Watt 78), Beverland, Douglas, Harkin, Hegarty, McNeill (Owens 87), Tommons, McDaid, E Bradley (Browne 62). Subs: Ogilby, J Bradley.

Warrenpoint Town: Parr, King, Cowan (Devlin 46), D Hughes, S Hughes, McCabe, Smith (Freeman 46, Kearns 69), Bagnall, M Hughes, Moan, Boyle.

Subs: Kearns, Havern, Mulgrew.