McAree reflects on League Cup exit

Aaron O'Neill


Aaron O'Neill


Coleraine crash out of the League Cup after a dramatic penalty shootout defeat against Glentoran.

The end to end game at the Oval ended in a 3-3 draw before Aaron Burns crashed Coleraine's fifth penalty off the crossbar to send the Bannsiders out of the competition.

Josh Carson had given Coleraine the lead from a free-kick which evaded the Glentoran defence and found the back of the net. 

Moments later, Glentoran levelled the tie via a John Herron set piece. The midfielder's curling free-kick took a wicked deflection off the Coleraine wall sending goalkeeper Chris Johns the wrong way allowing the ball to glide into the goal.

Former Coleraine striker, Curtis Allen, put the Glens in front on 62 minutes as he climbed highest to head home from a whipped delivery.

Coleraine manager, Rodney McAree, introduced Jamie McGonigle into the fray as his side looked to go and win the tie. The move paid off as the Northern Ireland U21 international had an immediate impact as he poked home to give the Stripes the advantage. 

With just seconds remaining the Bannsiders could have won it. Josh Carson's in swinging corner rattled the post before being hooked to safety sending the game to extra time. 

The Stripes were awarded a penalty in the second half of extra time after Eoin Bradley's strike was adjudged to have hit the hand of the Glentoran defender. McGonigle hit the resulting spot kick firing home from 12 yards to give the Bannsiders the lead. 

Ronnie McFall's men rallied and grabbed their equaliser 2 minutes later as full back, Ross Redman, got to the byline before firing the ball across goal where Allen was on hand to poke home from inside the 6 yard box.

As the game reached a climax, the scores finished 3 goals a piece which signalled the match was to be decided on penalties. Dylan Davidson and John Herron missed for Glentoran whilst Stephen Lowry, Darren McCauley and Aaron Burns failed to convert from 12 yards for the Bannsiders signalling Coleraine's early departure from the competition.

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