Cliftonville's McCallion is hailed by Eddie and Platt
Coleraine skipper Tommy McCallion almost put one over on his former club on Saturday.
The midfield battler should have had the last say against Cliftonville, but sent his shot just over the bar in injury time as Coleraine hit a late purple patch.
A second goal of the season would have been justified for the outstanding McCallion although it would have been tough on the the visitors whose boss Eddie Patterson saluted the one time Solitude favourite as the Reds took a point at the Showgrounds in a goalless stalemate.
“Tommy is a terrific competitor and he tortured us with some quality crosses on top of a solid display in the middle of the park,” said Patterson.
Coleraine manager David Platt added: “Tommy has such an appetite for the game and never stops working.
“He proved very effective with his corner taking. With a little more luck we might have scored from one of his deliveries.”
McCallion, who has made over 160 appearances for Coleraine in two spells at the club, was frustrated his side couldn’t find the net in a game in which Cliftonville enjoyed long spells of possession but failed to trouble stand in keeper Lawrence McCormick.
Meanwhile, Davy O’Hare is expected to return for this Saturday’s home game against his former club Newry City..
The experienced keeper sat out the Reds clash after picking up an automatic suspension for his dismissal at Lisburn Distillery in the previous outing.