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Four-goal James McLaughlin is a model number nine, says Coleraine boss

Coleraine 5 Dungannon Swifts 0

James McLaughlin
James McLaughlin

By Steve Jones

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney was pleased to see his side register their first home win of the season against Dungannon Swifts.

A year to the day he left the Bannsiders for St Mirren, his side were in ruthless form as they scored five times after the break.

Recent recruit Aaron Jarvis opened his account for the club, but the day belonged to James McLaughlin who bagged four goals in 38 devastating minutes.

"He wears number nine for a reason and at any stage when a ball is put into the box a number nine's job is to be in around there," Kearney said.

"You expect him to be in there sniffing and people can say they were tap ins and one good goal, but the tap ins for me are just as tough as the third one.

"The third goal was exceptional and it is a credit to James because it shows just how far he has come because of the work that he has done.

"He now has that physique to power away from people and do that, it was a great finish and I am delighted for him."

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Kearney continued: "It was a game of two halves.

"Dungannon aren't sitting third in the league by luck and the eleven they had out there was really strong.

"Both teams, in essence, cancelled each other out in the first half and sometimes that happens in games of football.

"Goals change games and it was the same against Glenavon last Friday night and today was the same.

"You can visibly see the release from the players when they get the goal and from that we kick on."

The Swifts have now lost back-to-back games and boss Kris Lindsay rued his side's start to the second-half.

"Coleraine came out for the second half, but we didn't start," Lindsay added. "We conceded three goals in the first 10 minutes and that was game over.

"In this league you can't afford to give balls away in poor areas, we did and were punished for it."

COLERAINE: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Canning, Jarvis, Doherty, Lowry (Whiteside, 83 mins), McLaughlin, O'Donnell, Parkhill (Gawne, 77 mins), Macuilaitis (Glackin, 66 mins). Unused subs: Gallagher, Carson, McConaghie, McGuckin.

DUNGANNON: Johnston, Redman, Wilson, King, Clucas, Smyth (Campbell, 73 mins), Patton (Hughes, 53 mins), Lowe, Carvill, Strain (Gallagher, 56 mins), Coyle. Unused subs: Addis, Taylor, McGinty, Harwood.

Referee: Ian McNabb

Man of the Match: James McLaughlin

Match Rating: 7/10

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