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Platt’s happy to move on now

Coleraine 1 Bohemians 3

Published 01/03/2010

David Platt is relieved to see the back of the Setanta Cup.

The Coleraine boss admits he wants no distractions as his Bannsiders chase league and domestic cup glory.

“I've nothing against the Setanta Cup and it is an honour for Coleraine to compete in it for the first time. However, it has been a distraction and a strange one at that given its long drawn-out format.

“We are now out of contention so we will now concentrate our energies on ensuring we finish in the top six in the league and make progress in the Irish Cup, hopefully before we play Glentoran in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final.”

Platt made nine changes to his team from the side that defeated Cliftonville in midweek for the visit of Bohs who recovered from an early setback to win convincingly at Ballycastle Road.

Pat Fenlon's side, who begin the defence of their title at home to top flight newcomers Sporting Fingal on Friday, trailed to a second minute goal from Northern Ireland international call-up Rory Patterson but scored three goals to reach seven points in Group C where they now lead Glentoran by three points with the Glens due to visit Dublin for the decider next month.

“We have given ourselves a good chance of going through. But there is a lot still to play for in the final game when the Glens come to us,” Fenlon said.

“This was a useful, competitive workout for us with the season just about to start.”

It was Patterson who opened the scoring, sending fellow striker Jody Tolan's knock on past keeper Barry Murphy after two minutes.

Owen Heary levelled in the 27th minute after Killian Brennan's corner was headed back into his path by Anto Murphy.

Mark Rossiter beat Coleraine keeper Laurence McCormick two minutes after the restart to ease the Dublin side in front and then Fenlon's side never looked back.

Substitute Paddy Madden found the target late on to cement Bohs' victory.

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