Coleraine 1 Warrenpoint Town 3
A superb second-half performance from Warrenpoint Town proved decisive as they won 3-1 at a cold and blustery Coleraine Showgrounds.
On the stroke of half-time the County Down side were awarded a penalty as Daniel Hughes was fouled in the box by Coleraine ‘keeper Michael Doherty. The in-form striker grabbed the ball but was denied as Doherty guessed right to tip his effort wide.
The first real chance of the second-half arrived on 64 minutes as Mark Miskimmin fed the ball back to Aaron Canning at the edge of the box. The defender turned but blazed his effort over the bar.
The Bannsiders were to rue that miss moments later as Daniel Hughes looked suspiciously offside but ran through on goal and rounded Doherty before stroking home for his 10th
Coleraine almost hit back immediately as a long ball by Doherty was flicked on by the head of Gary Browne into the path of Miskimmin. The striker was four yards out but somehow managed to miss from close range.
Barry Gray’s men doubled their advantage as Michael Hegarty was caught in possession and Daniel Hughes released his namesake Stephen to finish past Doherty. However, Coleraine set-up a grand stand finale as McCafferty’s free-kick ricocheted into the path of Miskimmin who blasted home.
The ‘Point booked their quarter-final place against Linfield as Stephen Hughes was found in the box and he had all the time in the world to score past Doherty for his second of the match.
COLERAINE: Doherty, Hegarty, Douglas, Ogilby, Snoddy, McCafferty, McGinty, Canning, Parkhill (Miskimmin ’53), McNeill (Browne ’64), Kane.
Subs Not Used: Watt, Mullan, Barton.
WARRENPOINT TOWN: Parr, King, McVeigh, D.Hughes (Forsyth ’86), S.Hughes, McCabe, Bagnall, M.Hughes, Moan, Boyle, Devlin (McGuigan ’81).
Subs Not Used: O’Connor, Grant, Harron.
Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown).