Belfast Telegraph

Youth and experience combine at Coleraine

Coleraine 2 - Warrenpoint TN 0

By Keith Thomas

Oran Kearney's building blocks for success at Coleraine have been cemented with a blend of youth and experience.

It was a combination of old and new that helped quell gallant basement battlers Warrenpoint Town who still haven't managed a league win at the Showgrounds since they won promotion two years ago.

There is a difference of two decades in the age between 18-year-old Lyndon Kane and the evergreen Stephen Douglas who turned 38 a week ago last Sunday but they have found a common bond in the defensive ranks and both were outstanding in Saturday's challenge to suppress a spirited Town challenge.

Keeper Michael Doherty played his part frustrating the visitors as Kearney's combined forces withstood the Point's first-half bombardment and countered with two goals to settle the argument before the break.

Midfielder Darren McCauley and striker James McLaughlin turned the game on its head to leave Town four points adrift at the foot of the table and underpin Coleraine's place in fourth, six points behind leaders Linfield.

Point boss Barry Gray reckoned his warriors shot themselves in the foot. "Do we really deserve anything after controlling the game, failing to score and then gifting two silly, silly goals? The harsh answer is no," he said.

Kearney admitted his side was well below par: "We were nowhere near the level I expect but we managed the game well, took our chances and kept a clean sheet to seal the win. Sometimes you get lucky but I can remember times when we played exceptionally well and got nothing. ."

Doherty made important saves to heap frustration on Town front men Daniel Hughes and Conor McDonald when they got the better of the home defence.

Not even the second half introduction of top scorer Stephen Hughes could rescue the situation for the Point who have now failed to score in four league games.

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