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Coleraine cruise it to pile the pressure on Kernaghan

Coleraine 4-1 Glentoran

By Tom Roberts

Some disgruntled Glentoran fans chanted for boss Alan Kernaghan to go during last night's comprehensive defeat at Coleraine.

The Bannsiders exacted revenge for their end of season Uefa Cup play-off defeat by the Glens with striker James McLaughlin scoring twice in a one-sided contest.

Three goals in nine second half minutes put the East Belfast side out of their misery after midfielder Neil McCafferty had scored from the penalty spot early in the game.

Kernaghan must have wondered what was going on before teenager Jonathan Smith managed a late consolation strike but Oran Kearney's men were in no mood to let their first victory of the season slip from their grasp and saw it out to the end.

How different things might have been if the Glens had not blown a decent opportunity to snatch the advantage before Coleraine opened the scoring.

Former Rangers star Nacho Novo majestically chested the ball into the path of Curtis Allen but the former Coleraine striker directed his attempt over the bar.

Within seconds the home side had seized the moment.

Striker McLaughlin threatened inside the box and keeper Elliott Morris sent him to ground although he claimed he got some of the ball too.

Referee Mervyn Smyth instantly indicated a penalty and McCafferty had a real air of confidence as he took the ball and sent his kick just out of the reach of Morris whose dive came close to giving him a chance to deny the midfielder his third consecutive spot kick success.

Coleraine's eighth minute success put them in the driving seat and they had the Glens under sustained pressure for a period, inspired by captain David Kee's contribution.

Novo failed to test keeper Chris Johns with an early second half shot before the visitors conceded once again.

Ex-Linfield man Rodney Brown eased the ball through to Darren McCauley and the winger planted his low shot past Morris on 54 minutes.

The bubbling Bannsiders then struck for a third time. Brad Lyons found McCauley who centred for McLaughlin to guide the ball home with 57 minutes gone.

Then McLaughlin, Coleraine's top marksman last season, was left in space to beat Morris again, McCauley supplying the cross.

Finally Smith gave the unhappy East Belfast fans some scant consolation when he slotted in Novo's assist from the edge of the box nine minutes from time.

COLERAINE: Johns, Kane, Brown, Ogilby, Douglas, McCauley (Mullan 90), McCafferty, Kee, Lyons, Parkhill (McGonigle 79), McLaughlin (Morrow 90). Subs not used: Higgins, McConaghie

GLENTORAN: Morris, Birney, Magee, Addis, Novo , Allen, Redman, Gordon (Harmon 56), K Nelson (Smith 58), Lavery, Foley. Subs not used: D Nelson, Ferrin, Caldwell

Referee: Mervyn Smyth (Belfast)

Man of the match: Darren McCauley

Match rating: 8/10

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