Belfast Telegraph

Gr-eight stuff as Coleraine power ahead in title race

 

By Johnny McNabb

Coleraine last night extended their lead at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership to eight points as they overcame a dogged Ballinamallard United at the Showgrounds.

An own goal from Mallards Colm McLoughlin, added to Joe McCready's strike earned Oran Kearney's men all three points.

Matthew Smyth pulled a late goal back for the Mallards, but Coleraine held on ahead of the top-two clash against Glenavon at Mourneview Park on Saturday.

Relieved Coleraine manager Oran Kearney said: "People write off teams like Ballinamallard due to their league position, but we knew it would be tricky.

"I probably spent more time preparing for this game as I have for the last three.

"Every three points is massive and it is great to get the result."

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