Coleraine boss Oran Kearney issued no blame on midfielder Josh Carson, who scored one of the most bizarre own goals in the history of the Irish League in Tuesday's big title showdown with Glentoran at The Oval.
The Bannsiders looked primed to put the squeeze on Danske Bank Premiership table-topping Linfield by establishing a 2-1 lead approaching the final 13 minutes of an intriguing game.
Although Jay Donnelly had shot Mick McDermott's boys into an early lead, the visitors replied through two opportunist strikes from Matthew Shevlin.
But, with the clock ticking down, Carson lunged into a tackle on Glentoran midfielder Hrvoje Plum, making a clean contact with the ball and, from fully 35 yards, it sailed over his own goalkeeper Marty Gallagher.
It's one that will be shown for years to come in every interpretation of television comedy bloopers!
"I've never seen a goal like that in football and I'll never see it again, it was incredible," said Kearney.
"Josh has been one of our standout performers this season.
"His fitness levels, the amount of games in succession he's played and his attitude have been spot on, he is one of our star men. He has been exceptional.
"He was expecting a tackle and I think the player (Plum) pulled out at the last moment.
"It was a total freak. Even the players said the ball started way outside the post and then it bent in.
"You could try it two or three hundred times and would never get close to it.
"That is probably the most sickening bit for our boys.
"It did look as though we were in a position to see out the game because there was a little level of frustration in the Glentoran team, so it was hard to take from our point."
Aside of that freak leveller, Kearney was happy with his team's performance - and the teams must do it all over again as they meet at the Showgrounds tomorrow night.
He added: "From a poor start, in typical Coleraine fashion, we got ourselves back into the game with a lot of spirit and endeavour.
"We got ourselves into a great position.
"For me, the most important was when we went 2-1, we looked solid and strong for 15 minutes or so and we looked as though we were starting to frustrate them."
Second-placed Coleraine reduced Linfield's lead at the top of the table to nine points, with Glentoran a further two points adrift in third place but having played a game fewer.