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Adamson is six-hit as Coleraine let it slip

Dungannon Swifts 1 Coleraine 1

It was a case of cometh the hour, cometh the man as Dungannon Swifts did just enough last night to prevail in their battle for the last place in the top six.

Timmy Adamson, whose goal last season saw Swifts survive in the relegation play-off second leg against Donegal Celtic, rose to the occasion again last night when he got the priceless equaliser that assures them of a place amongst the elite for the concluding series of league games.

Coleraine went to Dungannon without top scorer Rory Patterson who was dropped as an internal disciplinary measure but his often inspirational presence apparently wasn’t missed as they took the lead after 35 minutes through a fine volley from Darren Boyce.

The striker, whose superb header was scrambled away from goal by Rouse a short time earlier, met a Gareth Harkin cross from and supplied the finish from 15 yards.

Swifts started the second half looking energised and their new found desire paid off 12 minutes in when a smart pass from Mickey Ward set Adamson up for a stunning 12 yard finish to the top left corner.

Adamson had a couple of chances to win the game, but he had done enough. He scuffed his shot the first time and headed the second just past the target.

DUNGANNON SWIFTS: Rouse, Mullan, Montgomery, McCaffrey, McClean, McIlmoyle, Ward, Emerson, Callacher, Adamson, McCafferty. Subs: Morgan, McMinn, Ferguson, Forker, Murphy

COLERAINE: McCormick, Beverland, Hegarty, McVey, Boyce, McCallion, Carson, Watt, Harkin, Lowry, Gibson. Subs: Tolan for Lowry 71, Tommins for Carson 68, Millar, Canning, Dooley

Referee: Colin Burns (Newtownabbey)

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