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Smyth slams spot-kick 'disgrace' as Coleraine finally make Glentoran pay the penalty

Coleraine 2-0 Glentoran

Tempers flare in the aftermath of Coleraine being awarded a third penalty
Tempers flare in the aftermath of Coleraine being awarded a third penalty

By Steve Jones

Glentoran manager Gary Smyth was less than impressed with referee Keith Kennedy's decision to award a Coleraine penalty on Saturday afternoon.

In actual fact, it was the Bannsiders' third penalty that provided the opening goal and sparked the negative reaction from the visiting boss.

Eoin Bradley had seemed to go down in stages following a coming together with the Glens' Gavin Peers and Smyth didn't feel the challenge warranted a penalty.

"I thought the third one was a disgrace," he said, after Bradley had picked himself up to open the scoring. "I thought it was a free-kick our way. To give it straight after two penalties, you have to be very sure."

The boss didn't have any issues, however, with either of the first two penalties awarded.

The first arrived on 51 minutes when Calum Birney handled the ball on the line and received his marching orders before Jamie McGonigle blazed his effort over the bar.

On the hour, Glentoran keeper Dwayne Nelson was adjudged to have brought down Jamie Glackin inside the area. This time Shiels was responsible for taking the spot-kick but he also fired over.

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"I thought we shaded the first half, particularly on chances created," Smyth said.

"We told the players to stay in the first 10 minutes of the second half, and to stay on their feet on a heavy pitch.

"Unfortunately after a couple of minutes we were diving into tackles and gave away a free kick, which resulted in the first penalty. It was an obvious penalty and sending off.

"The second one was definitely a penalty too, Dwayne thought he was getting there, unfortunately Glackin nipped in front of him. We got away with that one too."

The points were made safe two minutes from time as Ben Doherty pounced from close range after Glentoran keeper Dwayne Nelson made a smart stop from James McLaughlin.

"The players deserve credit and, listen, penalties are there to be missed as well and people have to be brave to show the courage to step up and hit them," said Coleraine boss Rod McAree.

"It is not like Jamie McGonigle or Dean Shiels to miss but thankfully we got a third penalty and Skinner does what he does best - put the ball in the back of the net. I am delighted with the three points and for the players."

COLERAINE: Johns, Lowry, McConaghie, Burns (Bradley, 61 mins), O'Donnell, McGonigle (McLaughlin, 76 mins), Canning, B Doherty, Edgar, Glackin (Burke, 88 mins), Shiels. Unused subs: M Doherty, Mullan, Parkhill, King.

GLENTORAN: Nelson, Kane, Peers, Birney, Gallagher (McCarthy, 73 mins), Herron (Gordon, 88 mins), Allen, McDaid, Kerr, Pepper, Gwiazda. Unused subs: McLaughlin, Garrett, McMahon, Henderson.

Referee: Keith Kennedy (Lisburn)

Man of the match: Stephen O'Donnell

Match rating: 8/10

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