Coleraine 4 Carrick Rangers 0
Oran Kearney was just as happy about his Coleraine team keeping a clean sheet as he was with their ability to find the net.
After conceding three to Portadown a week before, the Bannsiders hit four without reply to despatch new boys Carrick Rangers.
“I’m doubly pleased,” said Kearney. “I asked the players to start converting chances and they have but it was equally important to slam the door shut at the back.
“I don’t think there was ever much doubt about the result but that was because our attitude was right from the outset.”
Kearney added: “You can’t take games like this for granted. Everyone expected us to win but you still have to go out and deliver.
“It’s all about focus and positivity. We were very business-like,” he said.
Captain David Ogilby rose unmarked to head home Stephen Lowry’s inswinging free kick from the left flank after 12 minutes.
Before Carrick could recover they found themselves 2-0 down as man of the moment Johnny Black drove the ball goalwards and, with the aid of a deflection, it slipped beyond keeper Chris Keenan’s grasp.
Black’s 73rd minute free kick from the right side was deflected past Keenan by the head of Carrick captain Davy McAlinden.
Curtis Allen then blazed the ball over the bar from the penalty spot before partially making amends four minutes from time with an excellent lay-off to set up the in-form Lowry for Coleraine’s fourth, a powerful shot from the edge of the box.