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Coleraine 3 Portstewart 0

By Tom Roberts

Published 27/09/2012

Oran Kearney's young guns didn't let him down at windswept Coleraine Showgrounds.

The Coleraine boss used the North West Senior Cup semi-final with neighbours Portstewart to parade some of his rising talent.

In the end the Bannsiders booked their final spot with goals from Mark Gillan and Aaron Boyd with an own goal thrown in for good measure.

The down side for Kearney was Johnny Watt's injury in the warm up. The utility player aggravated a hamstring injury and didn't start. Teenager Stuart Glasgow stepped up from the bench.

Former Ballymoney United striker Gillan grabbed his opportunity with a well taken first half goal. A Ryan McAllister own goal sealed the Seasiders' fate and Boyd added the third four minutes from the end to set up a final showdown with Institute.

Coleraine: Doherty, Glasgow (Lindsay), Campbell (McNamee), McMullan, Mullan, McVey, Bradley, Owens, Moore (Convery), Boyd, Gillan.

Portstewart: Maddison, Ferguson, McAllister, White, Watson, Todd, Tannahill, Murray, Dunlop, McMullan, Milliken. Subs. Allen, Bradley, Quinn, Gawne, Taylor.

Referee: Eddie Ferguson (Coleraine).


Irish FA members will meet tonight to elect a Deputy President, with David Martin one of the contenders for the post.

The ex-Irish FA Vice-President, along with former President Raymond Kennedy, were forced to step down in 2010 following the publication of an independent report into the unfair dismissal of ex-chief executive Howard Wells, costing the IFA £500,000.

However, Terry Pateman is favourite to secure the post with Jack Grundie also in the running.

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