Holders Coleraine safely through to last four of Bet McLean League Cup

Bannsiders produce professional performance to see off challenge of Glentoran

Holders Coleraine safely through to last four of Bet McLean League Cup

Matthew Shevlin celebrates after scoring the decisive second goal in Coleraine's victory over Glentoran on Tuesday night.

By Damian Mullan

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By Damian Mullan

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ACTIONS speak louder than words.

Before this game, Bannsiders' boss Oran Kearney stated that as holders of the Bet McLean League Cup trophy they didn't want to let it go.

His players backed up their manager on Tuesday night with a professional performance of skill and determination to defeat Glentoran 2-0.

The result sees the Showgrounds side book their place in the last four of the competition, along with Ballymena Utd, Cliftonville and Warrenpoint Town.

United came from behind to defeat Linfield 3-1, Warrenpoint Town easily accounted for third tier Limavady Utd while the Reds required extra-time to get past a dogged Portadown side.

There was no such drama at Coleraine where the home side scored a goal in each half to record an ultimately comfortable win.

Conor McKendry had already struck the crossbar with a lob inside the opening ten minutes before he set up Jamie Glackin for the opening goal.

The move which led to the Coleraine goal actually started with a Glentoran corner, the ball being cleared as far as Glackin just inside his own half.

He swept the ball across field to McKendry who raced forward before returning the ball to Glackin who steadied himself before slipping the ball past Glens' keeper Ross Glendinning.

Glentoran responded well but Coleraine should have doubled their lead before half-time when Aaron Traynor headed wide from close range from a Glackin free-kick.

The away side began the second half in determined fashion and dominated much of the possession.

They created a large number of corners but found the home defence and goalkeeper Gareth Deane in unforgiving mood.

They repelled everything their opponents threw at them in that period when a goal for the Glens could have changed the outcome of the match.

But they didn't and Coleraine made them pay, in form striker Matthew Shevlin capitalising on some erratic Glentoran defending to fire home his side's second towards the end.

Mick McDermott threw on five subs in an attempt to get something from the game but the hosts were equal to anything Glentoran could muster.

In the end, this was a satisfying win for Coleraine, not only because it books their place in the last four of the season's first domestic cup competition but because it was an antidote to Saturday's below-par display at Carrick Rangers.

Yes, Glentoran dominated possession for long periods and, yes, they had more efforts on goal but the only stat that matters is how often the ball ends up in the opposition's goal.

In that respect, Coleraine emerged triumphant and continue on their odyssey of retaining the Bet McLean League Cup.

COLERAINE: 1. Gareth Deane, 2. Lyndon Kane, 5. Rodney Brown, 7. Conor McKendry, 8. Stephen Lowry, 11. Josh Carson, 15. Stephen O’Donnell (c), 17. Jamie Glackin, 18. Aaron Traynor, 26. Matthew Shevlin, 27. Cathair Friel

SUBS: 88. Alex Henderson, 3. Adam Mullan, 6. Aaron Jarvis, 10. Eoin Bradley, 12. Ronan Wilson, 16. Ian Parkhill, 24. Patrick Kelly

GLENTORAN: 33. Ross Glendinning, 4. Luke McCullough, 5. Gael Bigirimana, 6. Bobby Burns, 9. Jay Donnelly, 11. Robbie McDaid, 15. Patrick McClean (c), 20. Malachy Smith, 22. Caolan Marron, 24. Conor McMenamin, 27. Hrvoje Plum

SUBS: 1. Elliott Morris, 2. William Garrett, 16. Seanan Clucas, 21. Joe Crowe, 26. Ben Cushnie, 29. Aaron Wightman, 30. Jordan Jenkins

REFEREE: Raymond Crangle

STATS

COLERAINE

Shots on target: 3

Shots off target: 4

Corners: 2

Booked: 2 (Conor McKendry, Rodney Brown)

Sent Off: 0

GLENTORAN

Shots on target: 5

Shots off target: 9

Corners: 9

Booked: 3 (Malachy Smith, Bobby Burns, Joe Crowe)

Sent Off: 0 

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