Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Coleraine eye fourth

Glenavon 1 Coleraine 1

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney banked a point, declared himself happy and immediately set his sights on pipping Glentoran to a fourth place finish.

Glens' home defeat to Crusaders means the Bannsiders are a mere two points adrift of the cash-strapped east Belfast giants. And with five games to play Kearney remains hopeful of leapfrogging Eddie Patterson's men.

Kearney said: "We are still on track and there is still time to do it."

Rival coach Nigel Law was equally happy with a point which eases Glenavon another giant step closer to survival.

He said: "Next up is Dungannon but we enjoy going to Stangmore Park where we have had some feisty games.

"The key is to keep possession for longer over the 90 minutes so we can control the game. And we need to be more clinical."

He's right there because had Glenavon been more deadly they would have had Saturday's game put to bed in the first half.

They went ahead through skipper Brendan Shannon's 11th minute cracker but squandered a series of golden chances, three of them falling to Mark Farren.

However Coleraine were just as guilty when they took control in the second half with Curtis Allen heading against the crossbar and firing wide with only the keeper to beat.

In the end, Gareth Tommons' scrambled 52nd minute equaliser shared the points.

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