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Coleraine put four past Glenavon to move into third spot

Glenavon 0 Coleraine 4

Coleraine's Ben Doherty celebrates his goal during this evening's game at Mourneview Park, Lurgan. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Coleraine's Ben Doherty celebrates his goal during this evening's game at Mourneview Park, Lurgan. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

By Billy Weir

Coleraine cruised into third spot in the Danske Bank Premiership with a clinical swatting away of a powderpuff Glenavon side at Mourneview Park.

Bar a spell in the opening period, the visitors were always in control and Stephen Lowry’s cool double salvo 60 seconds either side of the break put them in the driving seat.

Ben Doherty rolled home a penalty later in the second period before substitute Nedas Maciulaitist wrapped things up with a fourth but Glenavon were well beaten long before that.

The home side fielded two changes from last Saturday’s reversal by Dungannon Swifts with Aaron Harmon and Conor McCloskey coming in for Patrick Burns and Caolan Marron.

Coleraine’s new acquisition from Institute, Aaron Jarvis, came straight into the starting line-up and with Eoin Bradley starting a three-match ban he was replaced by James McLaughlin on the completion of his similar suspension.

The third change for the Bannsiders from last week’s scoreless draw with Stute saw Ian Parkhill, who bagged a hat-trick in the midweek win over Annagh United, came in for Dean Shiels.

And Parkhill was involved in an early scare for the home team when his third minute ball set McLaughlin through and when Jonny Tuffey and Harmon bundled into each other, the striker had the goal at his mercy but from 22 yards rolled the ball wide of the target.

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It was a free-flowing start to the game and in the ninth minute Josh Daniels’ neat pass created a glorious chance for Jack O’Mahony but as he closed in on goal Chris Johns ran quickly from his line and the midfielder blasted his shot over the target.

There was an even bigger escape for the visitors five minutes later when from Sammy Clingan’s corner Josh Daniels flashed a header that beat Johns but Lyndon Kane did superbly well to clear it off the line.

It was Glenavon’s turn to heave a sigh of relief twice in 60 seconds, when Tuffey pulled off a fine fingertip save to push over a Ben Doherty volley.

From the resulting corner, Glenavon did well to block a clever short routine but although Josh Carson’s left foot effort was saved from the rebound he used his right foot and this time was denied by the post.

Oran Kearney’s side continued to look the most likely to break the deadlock, Aaron Canning warming Tuffey’s palms and then shortly afterwards McLaughlin charged in on goal but under pressure from Andrew Doyle fired wide.

On the stroke of half-time defences were finally breached when McLaughlin controlled and then split the defence with his pass for Stephen Lowry to run on and coolly slot in under Tuffey.

Just 40 seconds into the second period and it was a repeat performance, Coleraine pouncing on a rare Sammy Clingan error and Lowry had all the time in the world to calmly pick his spot again to double the visitors lead.

It should have been 3-0 10 minutes later when a long ball was allowed to skid through to Parkhill who had time to pick his spot but crashed his drive off the woodwork.

But they didn’t escape for long, when Doyle lunged in on substitute Nedas Maciulaitis, referee Tim Marshall pointed to the spot and Doherty made no mistake from 12 yards.

And it was to be dream debut for Lithuanian striker Maciulaitis as with two minutes to go he waltzed through to make it 4-0.

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Marshall, Singleton, Harmon (Marron 61), Doyle, O’Mahony, Clingan, Mitchell (Jenkins 70), Garrett, McCloskey, Daniels (Beggs 70). Subs not used: Burns, Murray, Hall, Taylor.

COLERAINE: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Canning, O’Donnell, Jarvis (McGuckin 84), Doherty, Lowry, McLaughlin (Maciulaitis 65), Parkhill (Glackin 82), Carson. Subs not used: Gallagher, Douglas, Gawne, Whiteside.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)

Man of the match: Stephen Lowry (Coleraine)

Match rating: 7/10

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