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Lamont Misses Out On International Call Up
Wes Lamont has been overlooked by Bryan Hamilton as a
replacement for the injured Tommy Wright and Alan Fettis for Wednesday's
World Cup qualifier against Germany. Hamilton watched Wes during
Saturday's defeat at the hands of Glentoran, and although the
big keeper was blameless for the goal and displayed impressive
command of his area, Grimsby's Aiden Davidson and Wigan's Roy Carroll have been preferred for the vacant slot.
Game Of Two Halves As Coleraine Lose At The Oval
Coleraine's Oval hoodoo continued on Saturday as they lost 1-0 to
Glentoran in the 1st Premier League match of the season.
A first half performance accurately described by Kenny Shiels as
"embarrassing" left the visitors 1-0 down and despite a much-
improverd 2nd half display, the Bannsiders failed to find
an equaliser. Full report coming soon.
Defence Crumbles As Crues Win
Premier League champions Crusaders managed the victory over
Coleraine that they failed to achieve in 5 attempts last season
with an extra time victory in the 2nd Round of the Wilkinson Sword
League Cup. The Bannsiders led 2-0 at half time with goals
from McCallion and McCallan and seemed to be cruising to a
comfortable win when the visitors scored twice in quick succession
at the start of the second half. A further home goal from
Surgeon was equalised immediately to send the game into extra
time during which Crues scored twice without reply to send their
small but voiciferous support home happy. Full report coming soon.
Coleraine Ease Past Moyola
A mouth-watering clash with Crusaders on Tuesday night is Coleraine's
rewards for easily disposing of B Division Moyola Park in the
First Round of the Wilkinson Sword League Cup. A precisely
placed free kick from Greg O'Dowd set the Bannsiders on their way,
and second half goals from substitutes Michael Surgeon and Danny Shipp
completed a 3-0 victory.
Bannsiders Swamped by Slick Swiss
Coleraine were completely outclassed by Grasshopper
Zurich in their UEFA Cup preliminary round second-leg tie at the Showground
on Wednesday night.
Coleraine trailed 3-0 from the first leg, made little impact throughout the
90 minutes and in the end were fortunate to have kept the scoreline to seven.
Grasshoppers, who competed in the Champions' League last season, possessed
pace, immense skill and were never unduly troubled.
They began the onslaught in the 15th minute when Joel Magnin scored with a
sidefooted shot after collecting a perfect ball from Nestor Subiat.
Coleraine won their first corner after 20 minutes to an ironic cheer -- but
two minutes later they shocked the Swiss with a spectacular goal.
Greg O'Dowd scored with a 25-yard lob which goalkeeper Philipp Walker could
not prevent from entering the net at the angle of the bar and the upright.
Grasshoppers momentarily lost their rhythm but quickly regained it and from
then to the finish were in total control, although keeper Wesley Lamont made a
series of excellent saves.
Antonio Esposito got the second goal in the 27th minute and Augustino
the third 12 minutes before half-time.
It was then a second-half rout made even more painful by Coleraine striker
Sammy Shiels (51) and Brendan Aspinall (83) scoring own goals.
Grasshoppers' other strikes after the interval came from substitute Avraham
Tikva (63) and Hakan Yakin (64).
3-0 Defeat In Zurich
Coleraine can return from their Euro-mission to Switzerland
with their heads held high following a battling 3-0 defeat at
the hands of Grasshoppers of Zurich. The Bannsiders were
2-0 down at half time, including an own-goal from Brendan
Aspinall, prompting fears that the floodgates would open in the
2nd half, but a stout rearguard action - coupled with a penalty save by Wes Lamont kept the score to three at the final whistle.
Sorry United Outclassed by Rampant Coleraine
Coleraine gave themselves the perfect send off for their trip
to Zurich with a convinving 3-0 victory over a Manchester United reserve side which included 6 players with first team experience. The Bannsiders outclassed their illustrious
opponents in every department with Tommy McCallion outstanding in midfield, and ran out deserved winners with goals from McCallan, Gaston and McAllister.
[Team: Lamont; McAuley, Brunton, Gaston, Aspinall, Young;
O'Dowd, McAllister, McCallion; Shiels, McCallan; subs Shipp, McKeever, McIvor, Surgeon, Canning, Clanachan]
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