Congratulation to Coleraine FC who won the North West Senior Cup Final this evening at the Showgrounds. The Premiership side took an early lead through Craig Moore, who was actually a late replacement for Aaron Boyd who pulled up in the pre-match warm up. The young player dispatched a cross by Johnny Watt superbly giving Corey Wilson in the Stute goal no chance.
In fairness to the visitors they created many chances to get an equaliser but ex Stute stopper Gavin Cullen was up for the task and denied good efforts from Rick-Lee Dogherty, Micheal McCrudden and Stephen Parkhouse in particular. But it was Coleraine to double their lead against the run of play, Joel Bradley strick from the edge of the area flew into the bottom corner with Wilson’s dive unable to prevent the goal.
The second half continued like the first with the visitors having plenty of possession but unable to convert their chances, the best following to Stephen Parkhouse who’s header from a corner narrowly missed the target. However the match was over as a contest when Coleraine substitute Batista lobbed Wilson spectacularly from the corner of the 18-yard box in the 68th minute.
The youthful Coleraine side seen the game out comfortably, Rick-Lee Dougherty did have another decent effort but Cullen easily saved.
A decent game for the supporters with the scoreline a bit harsh on the Stute, hopefully the players can bounce back at the weekend away to Warrenpoints Town which is of greater importance as we continue the push from promotion.
We wish Coleraine well in their quest also in winning the Premiership and well done in winning their 19th North West Senior Cup Final.
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