Ian Parkhill and Matthew Clarke in action (©INPHO/Jonathan Porter)
Saturday, 27 April 2019
Coleraine and Linfield earned a share of the spoils from this end of season encounter at The Showgrounds.
After a quiet opening during which neither goal was threatened the Bannsiders moved in front when Dylan Davidson cracked a 34th minute left-foot drive past Blues keeper Conor Mitchell from around 25 yards.
This opened up the game somewhat with Cormac Burke and then Davidson again having efforts before the break while, for Linfield, Daniel Reynolds saw a powerful strike turned away by Chris Johns.
It was a pattern that continued into the second half. Lorcan Forde tested Johns with a low shot, Ian Parkhill volleyed a first time effort over while Marek Cervenka produced a timely tackle to thwart Dylan King.
And as the game moved on into the final 20 minutes Brandon Doyle came close with a close range effort which he could only fire over, followed by a Ben Doherty drive towards goal and another Parkhill shot just wide.
Jimmy Callacher was relived on 80 minutes when his attempted header clearance from a Doherty corner crashed back off the crossbar before played switched again when Cervenka teed up Reynolds but he turned the ball over at the back post.
However, Reynolds went one better a couple of minutes from the end with Linfield's equaliser, a well executed half volley which flew past Johns into the back of the net.
Coleraine: Johns, Crown, O'Donnell, Parkhill, Canning, B. Doherty, Burke, Edgar, Davidson, Glackin, King subs M. Doherty (not used), Boorman (not used), Wan (replaced Glackin 70), Douglas (not used), E. Bradley (replaced Davidson 65), McConaghie (not used), J. Bradley (replaced B. Doherty 84)
Linfield: C. Mitchell, Nielsen, Callacher, Forde, Clarke, McClean, Doyle, McGuinness, Reynolds, Cervenka, Hume subs Deane (not used), Cooper (replaced Doyle 78), Millar (not used), A. Mitchell (not used), Quinn (not used), Corbett (replaced Nielsen 78), Allen (replaced Forde 82)
Referee: Arnold Hunter
|Benny Möller Nielsen||78|