Coleraine boss hails three big performances as Bannsiders cruise into Irish Cup quarters
Coleraine 3 Dergview 0
Coleraine produced a professional performance against Dergview to book their spot in the quarter-final of the Tennent's Irish Cup.
Their reward is an away clash against Larne early next month in a repeat of last year's gripping semi-final - which went in the way of the Bannsiders.
Things got off to the worst possible start for the visitors as they fell behind inside three minutes as the impressive Ben Doherty was afforded too much space and he arrowed a fabulous strike into the top corner.
On 22 minutes, the Irish Cup holders stretched their advantage as Jamie Glackin and Mark Edgar combined to tee up James McLaughlin who converted from close range via the crossbar.
There was a scare for the home side just after the hour mark as Andrew Sproule's effort cannoned off the woodwork but that was as good as it got for the Castlederg outfit as Dean Shiels marked his Coleraine debut with goal on 70 minutes.
Bannsiders boss Rodney McAree was 'extremely pleased' with his side's performance on the Ballycastle Road.
"I thought we were very professional," he said.
"In actual fact I thought we were better in this round against Dergview than we were against the Welders in the last round.
"Our defensive shape without the ball was much better than it has been in recent weeks and I felt there were good performances throughout.
"I thought Ben Doherty did well, Mark Edgar was exceptional and Dean Shiels did very well when he came on.
"When the game started to open up and the pitch got that little bit bigger, Dean was the ideal man to bring on.
"He was always going to control the game and get spaces for himself."
Dergview are managed by former Northern Ireland international Ivan Sproule and he admitted after the game that Championship safety was the number one priority.
"When you're away to the Irish Cup holders and concede in the first few minutes you fear for the worst," he said.
"We came with a game plan but before the match I told the players we had a chance as anything can happen in football.
"Our cup final is next weekend against Knockbreda as we are trying to stay in the Championship.
"That was my objective when I took charge but I'm extremely proud of my players and the support we had today.
"It was a good day for the club and my players will take the experience from that."
COLERAINE: Johns, Mullan, Lowry (O'Donnell, 75 mins), McLaughlin (Shiels, 63 mins), McConaghie (King, 73 mins), Parkhill, McGonigle, Canning, B Doherty, Edgar, Glackin. Unused subs: E Doherty, Douglas, Bradley, Crown.
DERGVIEW: McElroy, M Buchanan, Falconer, Maxwell, McNulty, Callaghan, A Buchanan (Burns, 55 mins), Doherty (C Crawford, 64 mins), McGuckin (Aiken, 82 mins), A Sproule, Kirk. Unused subs: Burns, A Buchanan, Crawford, Harpur.
Referee: Evan Boyce (Ballygowan)
Man of the Match: Mark Edgar
Match Rating: 6/10