Daniel Hughes and Gareth McConaghie contest a header (Picture: Philip Magowan/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 25 February 2017
There may have been no goals at Solitude but this clash between Cliftonville and Coleraine wasn't without its drama.
After a somewhat lukewarm start to the game Gareth McConaghie might have handed the Bannsiders the advantage on 25 minutes when his effort was blocked on the line after Reds 'keeper Jason Mooney failed to gather a corner.
Jamie McGonigle had a chance after that only to slice his shot from inside the area, allowing Jaimie McGovern to cushion a header back into the arms of Mooney.
Perhaps the best chance of the game came eight minutes after the break when Eoin Bradley found McGonigle but his shot on goal was saved low by Mooney at the near post.
The game sparked into life on 66 minutes when the Reds were reduced to ten men after Paul Finnegan's challenge on David Kee for what was his second caution of the afternoon.
Chris Ramsey crafted Cliftonville's only real effort of note on 80 minutes but his goalbound shot was blocked, while moments later, the Coleraine rearguard cleared some more danger after some last ditch defending.
Another red card followed with five minutes remaining, again for a second bookable offence, when Coleraine's Adam Mullan was adjudged to have controlled an attempted Stephen Garrett through ball with his hand.
And there was still time for a third dismissal when, on 87 minutes, McGovern was shown a straight red for a challenge on Saul McCaughan.
Cliftonville: Mooney, McGovern, Ramsey, M. Donnelly, Hughes, Seydak, Winchester, J. Donnelly, Cosgrove, Finnegan, Nelson subs Burke (not used), Garrett (replaced Nelson 56), Lavery (replaced M. Donnelly 67), A. Donnelly (not used), Haire (not used)
Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Ogilby, McCauley, McCafferty, Kee, McConaghie, Parkhill, McGonigle, Bradley subs Douglas (replaced McConaghie 33), McCaughan (replaced Parkhill 72), Doherty (not used), Allan (replaced Kee 82), Whiteside (not used)
Referee: Arnold Hunter
|Paul Finnegan||24, 66|
|Adam Mullan||25, 85|