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Kearney happy as Coleraine's crazy gang are up and running

Dungannon Swifts 1 Coleraine 3

By Adrian Rutherford

Oran Kearney reflected on a "crazy" start to the season after Coleraine opened with an impressive win.

They scored three times after being reduced to 10 men in a dramatic clash at Dungannon.

The Swifts also finished one short with goalkeeper Andy Coleman red-carded late on.

Dungannon, impressive early on, lost their way playing with an extra man. Kearney said: "It was a crazy game today. In the first half we edged it territorially, but Dungannon probably created the better chances.

"In the second half they started that wee bit fresher, and the sending off changed it.

"They lost their way big time after the red card and it probably galvanised us. It's crazy but that's football - we have seen it happen before. Thankfully we were on the right side of it today."

The game exploded into life in the 55th minute when Steven Douglas was shown a second yellow for a needless shove on Ryan Mayse.

But going down to 10 didn't faze Coleraine, who edged in front through a stunning strike from Ciaron Harkin. Stephen O'Donnell then headed the Bannsiders two goals in front.

Dungannon pulled one back through Mayse, before the game took another twist late on.

Coleman was sent off, leaving full-back Jarlath O'Rourke to take over in nets, with Ian Parkhill netting the away side's third. But it was Harkin who stole the headlines with his ­audacious strike - his first since signing for Coleraine in January.

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