Coleraine 3 Cliftonville 2
Don’t expect to see David Scullion take a leading role for Coleraine against former club Glentoran tomorrow night.
The winger, who has been battling injury since he joined Coleraine in the summer, came off the bench in Saturday's 3-2 win over Cliftonville at the Showgrounds and is anxious to see more action but admits it won't be against his ex-employers.
"I've been having serious problems with both groins," reveals Scullion.
"The injuries haven't improved and I've already had a scan.
"I think the next option is to consult a specialist and possibly have an MRi scan to see if we can identify what is wrong."
Scullion has been frustrated by his lack of progress: "I was hoping to make an impression at Coleraine but I am finding a reaction every time I play."
Despite scoring twice, Cliftonville failed to salvage even a point at Coleraine and slipped out of the top three.
It is more than three years since the Reds last won at the Showgrounds.
Coleraine were in front after 10 minutes thanks to the accurate finishing of Darren Boyce. The striker stepped onto a pass from Gareth Tommons and clipped a right foot shot past keeper John Connolly from just inside the box.
Coleraine defender David Ogilby thundered a left foot shot past Connolly for the second on 33 minutes after winger Stephen Carson was bundled over on the edge of the Reds’ penalty area.
Brilliant Boyce then set up Stephen Lowry for a sweet finish to fire the hosts three ahead.
However, Cliftonville threw themselves a lifeline five minutes before the interval.
Ex-Coleraine midfielder Kieran O’Connor released Ciaran Caldwell on the right side of the box and his rising shot was too strong for keeper Davy O’Hare.
Their resilience was further rewarded when skipper Chris Scannell scrambled a second for the Reds with 10 minutes to go as the visitors piled on late pressure.
A last-gasp opportunity to equalise appeared to arrive when Stephen Garrett went to ground inside the penalty area under a challenge from Paddy McLaughlin but, with the visitors pleading for a penalty, referee Brian Turkington instead flashed a yellow card in Garrett’s direction for an apparent dive.