Donegal Celtic 0 Coleraine 1
If boss Oran Kearney achieves the aim of a Carling Premiership top six finish with his Coleraine side, he will look back and thank Donegal Celtic striker Darren Murray.
Just when the Hoops looked destined to end a run of miserable results at Celtic Park, Murray kicked out at substitute Damien McNulty in front of fourth official Alasdair Burns and joined Coleraine’s Aaron Canning — who had been sent off just 16 minutes beforehand for a second bookable offence — in the dressing room.
Curtis Allen claimed the match-winning goal soon afterwards for the Bannsiders and the DC striker got little sympathy from assistant boss Harry Fay.
Fay said: “This is my honest view on what happened: the ball came out of play, Murray grabbed the ball quickly, McNulty swung his fist into Murray’s rib cage and Murray in return flicks his toe at McNulty.
“The fourth official saw Murray flick the toe but didn’t see the swinging punch. How he didn’t see the punch is beyond me.”
Kearney said: “I agree with the bookings that Aaron got and he will learn from it. I honestly didn’t see anything from McNulty, and I would say so if I did. We all know what happens in the game — this time the Celtic player was simply caught in the act.”