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Liverpool hero backs Coleraine in goal row as controversy resembles 2005 Champions League strike

Do you agree with Luis Garcia? Vote here

By Gareth Hanna

Liverpool fan-favourite Luis Garcia reckons Jamie McGonigle's top two winner was 'over the line' as controversy surrounded the strike that helped Danske Bank Premiership leaders Coleraine sink chasers Linfield.

Let's face it; if any man knows about controversial goals, it's Garcia. It was his 'ghost goal' that saw Liverpool into the 2005 Champions League final, beating Chelsea. But did it cross the line?

The legitimacy of that strike has never been proven and it would seem we may face similar permanent uncertainty over McGonigle's goal.

Josh Robinson was able to scamper back and hook the ball away from goal - but referee Arnold Hunter ruled that the Linfield man hadn't got his clearance away in time to stop the ball crossing the goal-line. And the goal gave Coleraine a 2-1 win to send them seven points clear of their rivals at the top of the table.

The man himself McGonigle is convinced the officials got it right. Read what he and manager Oran Kearney had to say here.

Irish League fans are divided - but Luis Garcia knows which side of the debate he comes down on:

Here's the goal itself. Have a look and see what you think:

Do you agree with Luis? Cast your vote here.

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