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McGonigle nets hat-trick to end Coleraine's dire winless run

Coleraine 4-2 Crusaders

Goalscorer: Jamie McGonigle celebrates his second goal
Goalscorer: Jamie McGonigle celebrates his second goal

By Steve Jones

Coleraine recorded their first win in six games as Jamie McGonigle's hat-trick inspired the Bannsiders to all three points against Crusaders.

Coleraine took the lead at The Showgrounds on 26 minutes as former Crusaders midfielder Jamie Glackin showed neat foot work on the byline and crossed for McGonigle who chested into the net from close range.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as they conceded again seven minutes later after James McLaughlin picked out McGonigle who rifled home his second of the game.

However, the Irish Cup finalists got themselves back into the game on 39 minutes through an unlikely source as Jordan Forsythe's lobbed pass released full-back Michael Ruddy who slotted home past Johns.

Rodney McAree's men restored their two-goal cushion on 59 minutes as Cormac Burke's long range effort took a deflection off Glackin and into the net.

The drama continued as Crusaders were awarded a penalty four minutes later. The ice cool David Cushley stepped up and sent Johns the wrong way to reduce the arrears to a single goal.

Incredibly the goals kept on coming as McGonigle grabbed the match ball on 66 minutes as the former Northern Ireland under-21 international let fly with a 35-yard free-kick that deceived keeper Harry Doherty.

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Crusaders pushed for a way back into the game but came up short, while McGonigle was denied a fourth goal off the line as Coleraine ran out victors.

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