Coleraine clinch narrow win over Crusaders

Coleraine's Stephen Lowry celebrates with David McDaid
Coleraine's Stephen Lowry celebrates with David McDaid


A Stevie Lowry strike 10 minutes from time gave Coleraine their first win in six against Crusaders.

The Bannsiders made a really bright start to the game with Eoin Bradley, Ruairi Harkin and Davy McDaid all going close in the first seven minutes.

Harkin went close with a terrific free kick on 23 minutes as he forced Sean O’Neill into a great save.

The visitors suffered a blow on 29 minutes as Matthew Snoddy was stretchered off with what looked like a serious injury.

The Crues almost hit Coleraine with a sucker punch on 38 minutes as Paul Leeman picked out Declan Caddell at the back post, but Eugene Ferry got down well to push away his diving header.

The home side continued to dominate after the break with Tommons and Harkin going close but failing to beat O’Neill.

The breakthrough finally came on 80 minutes as Stevie Lowry smashed the home from eight yards after good work from McDaid.

David McAllister forced Ferry into a great save with five minutes to go as his looping effort almost caught the keeper out.

Coleraine: Ferry, Canning, Watt, Beverland, Douglas, Owens, Lowry, Tommons, Harkin, Bradley (Jennings 78), McDaid.

Subs: Hegarty, Ogilby, Mullan, McDowell.

Crusaders: O’Neill, Leeman, King, Robinson, Hanley, Caddell, Snoddy (E McAllister 29) , Heatley, Clarke (Morrow 46), McCutcheon (D McAllister 77), Smith.

Subs: O’Hanlon, Dillon, D McAllister.

Referee: Arnold Hunter