COLERAINE 3 GLENAVON 2
A last-gasp Stephen Carson goal secured a thrilling win for Coleraine over Glenavon
It was the Bannsiders who created the first opening as Eoin Bradley tested John Connolly with a low shot after a slice by Winkie Murphy on six minutes.
The visitors hit back as Andy McGrory and Murphy both went close as they forced a succession of corners.
Bradley was causing them problems at the other end though as he teed up Gary Browne on 22 minutes but again Connolly saved well. Two minutes later though the Derry GAA sent Gareth Tommons through on goal and he rounded the keeper before slotting home.
Wayne Drummond made a great save to deny Kyle Neill two minutes in to the second half.
The visisotrs were upping the pressure and it finally bore dividends as substitutes Mark Patton and Ciaran Martyn combined for the equaliser as the former crossed for the latter to tap home from close range.
Martyn grabbed a second five minutes later as he slotted home following Hamilton’s clever flick.
But their lead lasted only three minutes as Bradley grabbed the goal his performance deserved as he headed in Browne’s cross.
And right at the death Carson fired home from close range after good work from Joel Bradley.
COLERAINE: Drummond, Watt (J Bradley 84), McIlmoyle, Beverland, Douglas, Tommons, Hegarty, Canning, Carson, E Bradley, Browne.
Subs: Ogilby, Owens, Jennings, McMullan.
GLENAVON: Connolly, McCallion, Neill (Hamilton 68), Murphy, McKeown, Marshall, Kilmartin (Martyn 46), McCabe, McGrory (Patton 62), Rainey, Bates.
Subs: Lindsay, McDaid.
Referee: Mervyn Smyth.