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Ten-man Coleraine recover to earn a draw but boss Rodney McAree still frustrated

Coleraine 1-1 Glentoran

Making a point: Coleraine's Darren McCauley equalises
Making a point: Coleraine's Darren McCauley equalises

By Steve Jones

Eoin Bradley was sent off for the second time this season as 10-man Coleraine fought back to earn a draw against Glentoran at The Showgrounds.

The Bannsiders were trailing at the break as Robbie McDaid headed the visitors in front, but there was controversy after the half-time whistle blew as referee Evan Boyce dismissed Bradley for foul and abusive language.

The home side responded to that setback and got on level terms on 52 minutes as winger Darren McCauley evaded the challenges of two defenders to calmly slot past Elliot Morris.

Both sides would have chances to win it late on as Ciaron Harkin had a shot deflected over the bar, with Nathan Kerr also testing Chris Johns from distance.

Coleraine boss Rodney McAree admitted he was disappointed not to collect all three points.

"When you're 1-0 down at half-time and you're down to 10 men you'd probably look at it as a point gained," he said.

"Looking at our position at half time you would have taken a 1-1 draw. But when you look at our second half performance it's probably two points dropped, which is frustrating.

"We were very good in the second half. We changed our shape and we asked the players to do something different, which is hugely encouraging because you hope the players take it on board and go out and deliver for you, and they certainly did.

"It worked for us, and we should have won it, and we're now walking away frustrated we haven't won a game of football.

"Eoin got frustrated in the first half because Glentoran let us have the ball and we struggled to break them down. He's leading the line by himself and there's a level of frustration with it and he's let his tongue run away with him. He's said something to the referee and he's took it as offensive and sent him off.

"The frustrating thing is we are already low on the ground in terms of numbers." Glens boss Ronnie McFall said: "I thought we played really well in the first half, the better side by a large margin and went one up but possibly should have added to that."

COLERAINE: Johns, Mullan, Harkin, McCauley, Lowry, Bradley, Carson, McConaghie, Burns (McGonigle 46), O'Donnell, Canning. Subs not used: Doherty, Parkhill, Owens, Whiteside, J. Bradley, Moore.

GLENTORAN: Morris, Garrett, Kane, Birney, Gallagher, Allen, McDaid, Kerr (Davidson 83), Pepper, Crowe, Redman. Subs not used: Nelson, McMahon, Gordon, Ferrin, McCarthy, O'Neill.

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