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Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree: Coleman saved day for Swifts in Coleraine win

Coleraine 0 - Dungannon Swifts 1

By Keith Thomas

Published 21/03/2016

Heroic: Dungannon Swifts’ Andy Coleman challenged by Iain Parkhill
Heroic: Dungannon Swifts’ Andy Coleman challenged by Iain Parkhill

Dungannon Swifts goalkeeper Andy Coleman helped put the brakes on Coleraine's hopes of a top-three finish in the Dankse Bank Premiership.

Handy Andy came up with two splendid saves as dogged Dungannon delivered a late knockout blow from Matt Hazley to leave the Bannsiders reeling.

Manager Rodney McAree was quick to highlight his shot-stopper's key contribution.

"Andy came up with the goods when the heat was on," he said.

"He kept us in the game by frustrating Coleraine and that gave us a foundation to build on."

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Hazley's sensational late winner extended the Swifts' unbeaten run to six games and was the highlight of a dreary match.

The midfielder curled home a left-foot shot from 20 yards with just 10 minutes remaining.

McAree added: "It was a terrific strike. Matt has that capability. The finish was special."

The victory moved Dungannon above Portadown into seventh place in the table.

However, the Swifts were reduced to 10 men when Andrew Mitchell picked up a second yellow for kicking the ball away.

Coleraine's fourth defeat in eight league games means they remain fifth and boss Oran Kearney was frustrated at the end.

"What's most disappointing is that we lost a chance to make headway on teams above us," he said. "My aim was to see how high we could finish but we couldn't get it together. We couldn't find the net."

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Beverland, Ogilby, Higgins, Harkin, McCauley, McGonigle, Brown, McLaughlin, (Parkhill 75 mins). Subs: Doherty, Watt, Law, Kanwischer.

Dungannon Swifts: Coleman, Hegarty, Wilson, (Fitzpatrick 75 mins), Armstrong, Glackin, (Liggett 62 mins), Hazley, Harpur, Taggart (Lowe 83 mins), Burns, Mitchell, McCaffrey. Subs: Addis, Montgomery.

Referee: Arnold Hunter (Maguiresbridge).

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