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Coleman is tired of being put on the spot

Dungannon Sw 1 Cliftonville 1

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 07/11/2016

Leveller: Andy Coleman could not keep Chris Curran at bay
Leveller: Andy Coleman could not keep Chris Curran at bay

Andy Coleman is hoping his Dungannon Swifts team-mates can help him out - by not conceding any more penalties.

The goalkeeper has faced four spot-kicks in his last four games and, after being beaten against Glentoran, Ards and Coleraine, on Saturday he saved David McDaid's late effort, earning his side a precious point against Cliftonville.

Coleman said: "That is four in a row. I've guessed right for every one of them. Each one of the previous three had gone into the top corner. Fortunately here I've been able to keep it out."

The game was poised at 1-1 when sub McDaid had the chance to win it for the Reds.

David Armstrong slipped and slid into the back of the striker, resulting in a penalty. But Coleman guessed correctly, diving to his right and blocking with his legs. He added: "I knew which way he likes to hit them."

Dungannon had led when Andrew Mitchell put them in front in the 13th minute.

He timed his run perfectly to stay onside and collect a pass before driving a stylish left-foot effort into the far corner for his 10th league goal this season.

But Cliftonville seized the momentum in the second half.

They levelled in the 51st minute when Chris Curran finished smartly after a pass from Tomas Cosgrove.

Boss Gerard Lyttle felt they should have taken all three points.

"I can't fault the effort of the boys," he said.

"We've had a response in the second half, they have knuckled down and given it a good go.

"Unfortunately we've come away with just one point when we should have had three."

DUNGANNON: Coleman, Burns, Armstrong, Wilson, O'Rourke, Clucas, Harpur, Glackin, Teggart, McElroy (McMahon, 61 mins (Lavery, 88 mins)), Mitchell (Lowe, 81 mins). Unused subs: Addis, Fitzpatrick

CLIFTONVILLE: Burke, McGovern, Curran (Garrett, 86 mins), Ives, McGuinness, Cosgrove, Harkin (McDaid, 70 mins), Catney, Winchester, M Donnelly, Hughes. Unused subs: J Mooney, Bonner, G Donnelly

Referee: Mervyn Smyth (Belfast)

Man of the match: Andy Coleman

Match rating: 7/10

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