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Late McGonigle winner draws Coleraine level on points at the top as Glenavon hold Crusaders

Jamie McGonigle
Jamie McGonigle

Coleraine have drawn level at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership ater a stunning second half turnaround.

The Bannsiders beat Cliftonville 2-1 while Glenavon held Crusaders 1-1 at Seaview, allowing Coleraine to draw level at the top, although Crusaders stay ahead by 21 goals on goal difference.

At half-time, it had looked like Crusaders could steal a five point lead in the table as they led Glenavon while Coleraine trailed Crusaders.

Paul Heatley had given the Crues the half-time lead, playing a neat one-two with Jamie Glackin before rounding Tuffey to blast home.

On the north coast, Cliftonville were 1-0 up thanks to Jay Donnelly's 23rd of the season. He rasped a 25 yard effort into the bottom corner on 36 minutes.

But things turned in the second half. Coleraine had been pushing hard for an equaliser and after McCauley had one cleared off the line and Stephen Dooley saw a header saved, they got it. Dooley was the man to score, shooting low and hard to beat Brian Neeson.

And soon after in Belfast, Glenavon levelled through Andrew Mitchell as the centre-forward bundled home a deflected Mark Sykes shot.

Then McGonigle sent home the all-important spot-kick after Eoin Bradley was brought down to send the Bannsiders level on points with just three games to play.

The other scores

Linfield 2-0 Ballymena United

Ards 1-4 Glentoran

Dungannon 1-0 Carrick

Ballinamallard 2-0 Warrenpoint

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