COLERAINE 2 LINFIELD 3
Linfield kept up the chase for the league title with a hard fought win at Coleraine.
Coleraine almost took the lead on 13 minutes as Paul Owens’ inswinging free kick beat everyone but struck the post and bounced to safety.
Linfield responded with both Billy Jo Burns and Aaron Burns drawing good saves out of Wayne Drummond.
Micahel Carvill clipped a bar with a lob before Coleraine were awarded a spot kick after Eoin Bradley was fouled by BJ Burns on 38 minutes. Ruairi Harkin though fired the spot kick off the post.
Within three minutes Linfield had taken the lead after they were awraded a penalty of their own, Aaron Burns made no mistake from 12 yards.
The Blues almost made it two right on half time, but BJ Burns was denied by a terrific save from Drummond.
Coleraine drew level on 54 minutes as Bradley coolly finished Owens’ dangerous free kick. Owens was unlucky to see his volley hit the post on 64 minutes. But with three minutes the Blues were back in front as McAllister rifled home from close range.
Coleraine to their credit kept battling away and with eight minutes to go that man Bradley levelled things up again with a spectacular overhead kick.
It wasn’t over just yet though as Philip Lowry benefited from a lucky flick on by Waterworth before slotting home from close range.
Coleraine: Drummond, Canning, McIlmoyle (Watt 46), Ogilby, Douglas, Moore (Carson 62), Hegarty, Harkin (Jennings 70), Tommons, Owens, E Bradley.
Subs: Browne, McMullan.
Goals: Bradley (54, 82)
Bookings: Bradley (58), Douglas (66), Hegarty (80)
Linfield: Tuffey, BJ Burns, A Burns, McVey, Ward, Carvill (Tipton 86), Clarke, Mulgrew, Lowry, McAllister, Waterworth.
Subs: Knowles, Ross Glendinning, Reece Glendinning, McCaul.
Goals: A Burns (41), McAllister (67), Lowry (88)
Bookings: Carvill (38), Clarke (75), McVey (81)
Referee: Tim Marshall