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Marksman McGonigle is hungry for more

Glenavon 1 Coleraine 2

By Billy Weir

Coleraine sharpshooter Jamie McGonigle chalked up goals number 16 and 17 at the weekend and he has bad news for defenders across the league - he wants more.

Having started the season targeting double figures, the 21-year-old has surpassed even his own expectations and is now focusing on hitting 20 goals for the campaign and with his exciting new partnership with Eoin Bradley taking shape, there may have to be another target re-setting before the end of the season.

His brace to see off Glenavon on Saturday was stamped with quality, ghosting into space in the box to head home Adam Mullan's excellent 26th minute cross and then linking up superbly with Bradley to seal the win with a composed finish five minutes after the restart.

And this came after Glenavon had taken a 10th minute lead with Joel Cooper's close range effort and although they hit the bar later in the game through Simon Kelly, the Bannsiders had just enough to get over the line.

They now move past Cliftonville into third with a game in hand to play tomorrow night at derby rivals, Ballymena United, and McGonigle would love to keep his scoring run going.

"With other results that is us up to third now and hopefully it is in our hands," said the University of Ulster student.

"We have a game in hand and we just have to push on now and try and secure third place.

"The first goal was a great ball put in by Adam and I had spotted all their defenders had gone to the back post and there was a big space at the front post and it was the place to go and thankfully I got my head on it.

"The second with the flick over the top, Skinner (Eoin Bradley) knew where I was and heard the shout and he put it on a plate for me. We work well together, he holds it up and I play off him, it's a simple as that and that's how we score goals."

But not sharing in the admiring glances at the goals was Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton who felt his side had enough in the game to take something from it but paid the penalty for ball-watching.

"It was also poor defending on our behalf because the boy had laid it off and instead of staying with the runner who ended up scoring we just let him go," he said.

"Skinner has then hooked it to him so from an attacking point of view it's a good move but from ours it was poor and lazy.

"I thought we did well though, we had a few chances but didn't take them and that's the thing in football if you don't take chances you don't win games and that was the case."

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