Coleraine 6 Nortel 0
Sammy Morrow could make his long awaited Coleraine debut at Windsor Park tomorrow night.
The former Derry City striker’s FAI clearance has finally come through and Bannsiders boss David Platt will include him in the squad for the league clash with Linfield.
Ironically, Morrow’s release arrived just in time for Saturday’s JJB Sports Irish Cup tie against amateurs Nortel.
Platt said: “I had already named the team because Sammy’s clearance had still not come through but it arrived at the last minute.
“There was a temptation to throw him in but I thought that wouldn’t be fair on others.
“We have one or two injury doubts for the Blues game so Sammy will be in the squad.”
Platt awaits news today on the fitness of wingers Stephen Dooley and Stephen Carson, defender Howard Beverland and striker Darren Boyce while left-back Gareth Harkin is suspended.
Morrow’s delayed arrival was good news for striker Jody Tolan who kept his starting place and responded with two goals against Nortel at the Showgrounds.
“I would love to get the chance against Linfield,” said Tolan (32).
“My appearances have been limited this season so I haven’t managed as many goals.
“Sammy’s arrival is good news even though it means added competition for me. He has scored goals for fun in his career and we now have a potent strike force with Rory Patterson, Darren Boyce and Richard Gibson.”
Coleraine face Linfield knowing that a second defeat to the Blues in a week would put them under more pressure in the race to secure a top six place before the league split.
Young stars Gareth Tommons and Stephen Dooley had Coleraine in the comfort zone by half-time.
Top scorer Patterson added his 29th goal of the season when he capitalised on Michael Hegarty's through ball early in the second half.
Then Tolan headed in the fourth in 65 minutes and Johnny Watt came off the bench to register before Tolan completed the scoring three minutes from time.