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Late joy: Mark Miskimmin and Ian Parkhill celebrate the win

Late joy: Mark Miskimmin and Ian Parkhill celebrate the win

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Late joy: Mark Miskimmin and Ian Parkhill celebrate the win

Ian Parkhill was the man of the moment for Coleraine on Saturday as he secured a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Glenavon at Mourneview Park.

Former Bannsiders favourite Eoin Bradley seemed to have earned the hosts a share of the spoils with a 90th-minute equaliser but the Lurgan Blues were still celebrating when Parkhill converted the winner just 38 seconds later.

The 23-year-old forward was a thorn in the side of Glenavon all day, lurking on the shoulder of the last defender constantly poised to pounce. Fitting then that he should pop up with the winner - and not even a second yellow card for team-mate David Ogilby amid the celebrations could dampen the striker's spirits.

"I said to Neill (McCafferty) to hit it into the corner," recalled Parkhill, a summer signing from Tobermore.

"What a ball it was and I took a better touch than I was expecting. There was only one thing in my mind and it's great, especially after the gutting feeling of letting them equalise."

After a slow start to the season, Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney was being questioned but after Saturday's win, they're in the top six.

"Our form has been brilliant," said Kearney.

"There are three defeats in the last eight but even in those, our performances have been good and we're creating great chances.

"At 2-2, the feelings were very much that it had gotten away from us. I'm delighted for Ian because he has come through from junior football and is so hungry to prove himself. He has so many endearing qualities in relation to how he wants to go about it."

The Bannsiders were one up at the break thanks to a spectacular effort from Neil McCafferty. He curled an inch-perfect 35-yard free-kick into the bottom corner but Coleraine's second was every bit as impressive.

Not to be outdone, winger Shane McGinty smashed a sweet effort across the Glenavon keeper and into the far corner - an unstoppable effort.

That restored the visitors' lead after Ciaran Martyn had headed in an equaliser, despite Lyndon Kane's efforts to stop it on the line.

When Bradley converted the rebound after his last-minute penalty had been stopped by Michael Doherty, Glenavon looked to have gotten out of jail.

However, Parkhill converted straight from kick-off, much to the exasperation of Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton.

"It's my responsibility as manager to get results," he said.

"At the minute, it's not happening and it's not going our way.

"I'm big enough to look at myself and where we're going wrong.

"The problem is that we've tried changes and different players. We've tried everything in recent weeks because the performances have been so poor and nothing has worked.

"The hunger and desire that was shown up until about four or five weeks ago isn't there at the minute. When they're training, they seem to be okay but on a Saturday it seems to be a different bunch of lads who go out onto the pitch.

"They don't want to follow instructions and they don't want to do the simple things. Inevitably, they're getting the results to go with the way they're approaching the game."

Belfast Telegraph


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