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Honours even between Cliftonville and Coleraine

Cliftonville's Tomas Cosgrove with Coleraine's Ruairi Harkin

Cliftonville's Tomas Cosgrove with Coleraine's Ruairi Harkin

 

Cliftonville and Coleraine must joust again after their Irish Cup Fifth Round thriller finished all square.

The hosts were twice in front but the Bannsiders showed their tenacity to earn a Showgrounds replay on January 21 - a fitting outcome in a contest neither side deserved to lose.

Aaron Canning’s 27th minute foul on Martin Donnelly earned the Reds a penalty, which Joe Gormley stepped up to convert and break the deadlock with his 28th strike of the season.

Coleraine drew level just before the interval, though, when Eoin Bradley teed man of the match Stephen Dooley up for a close-range conversion.

The second period was barely 60 seconds old when Liam Boyce glanced a header beyond goalkeeper Eugene Ferry to restore the home advantage but Davy McDaid’s stunning 59th minute strike ensured the teams would have to do it all again for the right to land home advantage against Dungannon Swifts in round six.

CLIFTONVILLE: Devlin, McGovern, R Scannell, Johnston, Donnelly, Smyth, Gormley, Cosgrove, Murray, Doherty, Boyce. Subs: McMullan (for Doherty, 26 mins), C Scannell (for Boyce, 81 mins), O’Carroll, Catney, Curran (for Murray, 64 mins).

COLERAINE: Ferry, Beverland, McIlmoyle, Hegarty, Douglas, Harkin, Canning, E Bradley, Tommons, McDaid, Dooley. Subs: Browne, Carson (for E Bradley, 90 mins), Watt, Jennings, J Bradley.

REFEREE: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)

 

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