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Kernaghan hails Glentoran hero Morris

Coleraine 1 - Glentoran 1

By Keith Thomas

Published 11/04/2016

Glentoran's Jonathan Smyth celebrates after scoring his team's late equaliser from the penalty spot
Glentoran's Jonathan Smyth celebrates after scoring his team's late equaliser from the penalty spot

Elliot Morris proved he's still got what it takes with two priceless saves to ensure Glentoran protected a point at Coleraine.

Morris, the Glens' longest serving player, launched himself at two injury-time attempts to deny his side a share of the spoils after they had thrown the kitchen sink at the Bannsiders in the second half at the Showgrounds.

Glentoran boss Alan Kernaghan admitted he could not believe his eyes as he watched his side present Coleraine with opportunities to retake the lead in the dying minutes.

"It was down to Elliot's brilliance that we did not concede," he said. "One of his saves was superb."

Morris, who turns 35 next month, has clocked up 608 appearances for the east Belfast outfit and his flying save to deny Jamie McGonigle proved just how adept he remains.

At the other end of the scale, one of the Oval young brigade played his part in securing the draw. Teenager Jonathan Smith was super confident when Glentoran were presented with a second half penalty.

Smith quickly staked his claim to take the kick when Coleraine defender Steven Douglas handled in the box and was duly sent off for his second bookable offence.

The Glens trailed to an early James McLaughlin goal and threw everything at the Coleraine defence in an incessant quest for a second half equaliser.

Kernaghan added: "We were very disjointed in the first half but we were much better after half-time and put Coleraine under sustained pressure."

Coleraine have failed to register a win in their last four matches and frustrated boss Oran Kearney said: "We got off to a great start with the early goal. Then we let them put us on the back foot in the second half."

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Beverland, Douglas, Mullan, Higgins, McCafferty (Watt, 62 mins), McCauley (Brown, 33 mins), McGonigle, Morrow (Parkhill, 75 mins), McLaughlin. Unused subs: Doherty, Law.

Glentoran: Morris, Holland, Kane, Magee, Addis, Morrow, Caldwell, McCullough (McCaffrey, 59 mins), Allen, Scullion (Gordon, 60 mins), Smith. Unused subs: Hogg, Birney, Nelson.

Referee: Mervyn Smyth, Belfast.

Man of match: Elliott Morris

Match Rating: 6/10

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