Coleraine's Lyndon Kane caps great week with first league goal for Coleraine at Carrick
Coleraine 2 - Carrick Rangers 1
Lyndon Kane's first league goal for Coleraine came from Russia with love! Last week, the 18-year-old student was in Sochi with Stephen Craigan's Northern Ireland Under-19s who successfully went through to the Elite qualifying rounds for the Euro Championships.
He dashed home to play his part in helping the Bannsiders beat derby rivals Ballymena United in midweek and walked tall on Saturday as Oran Kearney's men stretched their unbeaten league run to 10 matches.
"It's been a busy couple of weeks but I am thrilled to have been able to be part of it all and scoring my first senior goal crowned it all," he said. "I don't live far from the ground and I grew up watching Marty Quinn's teams. Gareth McAuley was my inspiration back then."
And just like the West Brom defender adding goalscoring to his repertoire during the successful Euro qualifying campaign, Kane has acquired a taste for it too.
The full-back ran from his own half, beat three players and found substitute Jamie McGonigle before collecting his deflected return pass and smashing a left foot shot past keeper Brian Neeson.
Carrick boss Gary Haveron protested that Coleraine's winner should not have stood, insisting that McGonigle controlled with his hand before he slammed home ahead of visiting skipper Aaron Harmon pulling one back.
"It was a clear hand ball," argued former Coleraine defender Haveron.
"The ball was knocked on by our defender Andrew Doyle and he said McGonigle got it down with his hand before putting it in the net."
Coleraine: Doherty, Kane, Falconer, Beverland, Douglas, Lyons, Harkin (Higgins, 78 mins), McCafferty, Brown (McCauley, 59 mins), Parkhill (McGonigle, 59 mins), McLaughlin. Unused subs: Morrow, Watt.
Carrick: Neeson, Surgenor, McNeill, Kelly, Harmon, Roy, Johnston (Cherry, 66 mins), Doyle, McCloskey (Chines, 30 mins), McCaul, Browne (Dick, 66 mins). Unused subs: Kane, Miskimmin.
Man of the match: Lyndon Kane
Referee: Mervyn Smyth (Belfast).