Free-scoring Coleraine rout Warrenpoint Town

Coleraine's Neil McCafferty celebrates after scoring a penalty against  Warrenpoint Town
Coleraine's Neil McCafferty celebrates after scoring a penalty against Warrenpoint Town

WARRENPOINT 0 COLERAINE 5

Coleraine thrashed Warrenpoint at Milltown with 17-year-old striker Brad Lyons the star of the show as he scored two of the visitors’ five in a comfortable win.

The youngster opened the scoring and found the net again after Aaron Canning had rifled in the second before Neil McCafferty scored a penalty just before half time to make it 4-0 at the break. Sub Gary Browne capped a fine display with the fifth goal in the latter stages.

While chances were minimal early on, with Jonny Cowan heading over from a Liam Bagnall corner for Warrenpoint and Darren McCauley’s long distance shot comfortably held by Jonny Parr at the other end, the game sprang to life with four goals in 15 minutes for the visitors.

They opened the scoring on 27 minutes when Matthew Snoddy played in Neil McCafferty. His shot from 12 yards was well saved by Parr but he could only push it into the path of Brad Lyons, who slotted home from close range.

They doubled their lead just three minutes later with a superb finish from Aaron Canning. McCafferty’s corner fell to the defender at the near post and he lashed the ball home from an acute angle through a crowd of players to make it 2-0.

The hosts had a glorious chance to level within 60 seconds of Coleraine’s second goal. Daniel Hughes was sent clear down the right and as Coleraine keeper Michael Doherty advanced, the striker attempted to lob him, but his effort was weak and easily held.

The Bannsiders extended their advantage five minutes before the break when the Warrenpoint defence failed to clear and when McCauley stood the ball up to the back post and there was Northern Ireland Under-18 international Lyons to nod home unmarked for the third.

Things then went from bad to worse for Barry Gray’s men two minutes later when Referee Andrew Davey adjudged Darren King to have pulled Snoddy back in the box. The official pointed to the penalty spot and McCafferty sent Parr the wrong way from the spot to make it 4-0 and put the result beyond doubt.

It could have got even better for the Oran Kearney’s side in the final minute of normal time at the end of the half when Joe McNeill tried his luck from 25 yards and his effort wasn’t far over the Warrenpoint crossbar.

Coleraine had the better of the chances in the second period as well with Parr having to be alert to push Ian Parkhill’s effort from 25 yards round the post on 52 minutes.

Snoddy then found Parr equal to his stinging shot six minutes later before Parkhill hit the crossbar with a clever hooked volley form just inside the area a minute before the hour mark.

Coleraine then put the icing on the cake of a professional performance when Gary Browne, only on the pitch as a substitute for two minutes, expertly sidefooted home from close range after Parkhill had crossed from the right. Warrenpoint Town: Parr, Cowan, McDonald, S Hughes (Grant 85), Boyle, McGuigan, Bagnall (Smith 85), Forsyth (Frazer 55), D Hughes, Devlin, King

Subs not used: McCabe, Marron

Coleraine: Doherty, Higgins, Douglas, Snoddy, McCafferty, Canning, Watt (Kane 16), Parkhill, McCauley (Browne 75), McNeill, Lyons (Miskimmin 73)

Subs not used: Mullan, McGinty

Referee: Andrew Davey