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Armstrong’s spot of embarrassment at testimonial

Sean Armstrong fluffed his lines when he missed out on finishing his own testimonial game with a last minute goal.

And he did so not just once, but twice.

The former Coleraine striker led the line as the Bannsiders’ Irish Cup winning team of 2003 went up against the Donegal Celtic side which won the Steel & Sons Cup in 2006 — with a few guests sprinkled among the sides.

Given that it was his own big day Armstrong took the ball himself when Coleraine were awarded a late penalty, preparing to end on a high. His shot, however, was saved.

Referee Raymond Crangle handed the big striker a second bite of the cherry a matter of seconds later — and although it was a soft award there were no protests.

Presented with a chance to redeem himself, Armstrong let fly from 12 yards again, only this time he sent his effort soaring over the crossbar.

Fortunately for Armstrong, who also played for Ballyclare Comrades, Glentoran and Lisburn Distillery during his career, as well as Coleraine and DC, his double-miss didn’t cost his team the match, with Marty Quinn guiding the Bannsiders to a 5-4 win.

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It was no mean feat for the Coleraine team as they came up against a Celtic side which boasted 84 Northern Ireland caps between them.

Former internationals Jim Magilton and Philip Mulryne pulled on the green and white hoops of their local team, but there was the unusual sight of former Linfield hero Glenn Ferguson also appearing in Celtic colours.

Daniel Lyons was rather more prolific than Armstrong, as he scored a first-half hat-trick.


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