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McAree admits Coleraine had their share of good fortune

Institute 1 Coleraine 2

By Kevin McLaughlin

Coleraine boss Rodney McAree felt his side did more than enough to beat Institute on Saturday.

McAree did hold his hands up that the windy conditions did play a part in their victory as Darren McCauley's first goal went straight in direct from a corner.

"I'm massively delighted with the three points, as it's not an easy place to come," said McAree.

"The surface suits Institute, the way Paddy (McLaughlin) wants them to play and they passed the ball extremely well in the first half, but we restricted them to very little in the first half.

"We have managed to capitalise on one fortunate goal and another a good finish and it has given us something to hold onto in the second half.

"Yes we conceded late on in the game and we made it a little bit more nervy for ourselves, but thankfully we saw the game out and have got a very, very well earned three points."

His opposite number Paddy McLaughlin was disappointed that his side didn't perform in the windy conditions.

"We came to get a result and you can't be happy with taking a pat on the back for performance, after losing a game," he insisted.

"Both goals were soft. The first came direct from a corner and that's poor, while the other was s speculative effort, rather than hit like a cannon.

"The conditions have definitely had an impact on how the two of them have travelled into the net, so it's disappointing and frustrating, but we have to take it on the chin and move on.

"We had the wind on our backs in the second half, so if it was going to have much of an advantage we should have taken it.

"We played well enough but we have hit the bar twice in the second half, which is a wee bit frustrating. But it's a results business and we didn't get the result."

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