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Jimmy Nesbitt gripped by Coleraine cliffhanger against Glenavon

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By Keith Thomas

Actor Jimmy Nesbitt was gripped by a Coleraine cliffhanger at Ballycastle Road.

His local favourites put on a real performance to score twice in the closing stages and snatch a share of the spoils.

Waiting in the wings were Jamie McGonigle and Jordan Allan, who eventually took starring roles in the plot to deny Glenavon a fifth consecutive victory over the Bannsiders.

McGonigle helped his side tear up the script as he fired in a stunning reply and then the Dungiven striker turned provider for newcomer Allan to deliver his first goal since moving on loan from neighbours Derry City.

So Coleraine managed to send their major benefactor away happy and leave their production manager, Oran Kearney, relieved.

He said: "We should never have had to leave it so late but I have to admire the manner in which we finished.

"We had chances to get ourselves on the scoresheet in the game but couldn't make the breakthrough.

"Sometimes you think your luck is out but we refused to accept defeat and kept asking questions right to the end."

Lurgan Blues' player-manager Gary Hamilton - whose team went 2-0 up thanks to Eoin Bradley and Kevin Braniff - said: "When you are in a strong position at such a late stage in the game you have to hold your nerve and close it out. We failed to do that and I'm disappointed to throw away two points."

Coleraine: Johns, McConaghie, Mullan, Ogilby, Brown, McCauley, McCafferty, Kee, Parkhill (McGonigle, 73 mins), McLaughlin, Twigg (Allan, 53 mins). Unused subs: Higgins, Edgar, Morrow.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Lindsay, Marshall, Hall, Doyle, Martyn, Elebert (Patton, 13 mins), Sykes, McCourt (Hamilton, 73 mins), Bradley, Braniff (Bates, 88 mins). Unused subs: Kilmartin, McGrory.

Referee: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon)

Man of the match: Eoin Bradley

Match rating: 8/10

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