COLERAINE 1 GLENTORAN 3
Glentoran grabbed their first league win over Coleraine at The Showgrounds since 2010 thanks to a great second half showing.
Three goals in the second period sealed the win for Eddie Patterson’s side.
It was an uneventful opening to the game with neither side finding any real rhythm.
Elliott Morris was called in to action for the first time on 18 minutes as he reacted well to save Stephen Lowry’s close range shot.
The Glens responded immediately with Marcus Kane directing a header on target from Jason Hill’s cross.
The Bannsiders got their noses in front a minute before the break through a piece of good fortune. Gareth Tommons broke free down the right and his cross was diverted in to his own net by the unfortunate Kevin Bradley.
Their good work was undone two minutes after the restart as Coleraine remarkably found themselves 2-1 down. First Jim O’Hanlon picked up Kane’s flick on from O’Neill’s cross and coolly slotted home.
Thirty seconds later it was 2-1 to the visitors as Miskimmin raced on to a through ball, his initial effort was blocked by Wayne Drummond, but the striker reacted the quickest to fire in to the empty net.
Coleraine responded by Elliott Morris produced two good saves to deny Beverland and Bradley. The Bannsiders’ task was made even tougher as Michael Hegarty was shown a red card for a tackle on Jordan Stewart on 64 minutes. They were still creating chances though. Beverland teed up his defensive partner David Ogilby on 67 minutes, but his header crashed off the bar.
The points were wrapped up right on the final whistle as Stewart broke clear again, his effort was blocked, but John McGuigan slotted home the rebound.
Coleraine: Drummond, Canning, McIlmoyle, Beverland, Ogilby, Tommons, Lowry, Hegarty, Carson (Owens 63), Browne (Harkin 68), Bradley.
Subs: Douglas, Watt, Bradley.
Glentoran: Morris, O’Neill, Hill, Clark, Callacher, Kane, Calrke, O’Hanlon (McGuigan 87), Stewart, Miskimmin, Bradley.
Subs: Henderson, Hughes, Garrett, Hogg.
Referee: Raymond Crangle.