Eoin Wearen and James McLaughlin tussle for possession (©INPHO/Declan Roughan)
Saturday, 13 April 2019
Glenavon and Coleraine earned an equal share of the goals and the points from this encounter at Mourneview Park.
The Bannsiders were presented with a great opportunity to grab an early advantage when, on eight minutes, Jamie McGonigle was bundled over inside the box by Eoin Wearen but after dusting himself down to takr the spot-kick he could only look on as Johnny Tuffey saved low to his right.
James McLaughlin then came close after a quarter-of-an-hour with a rasping drive past the post while Glenavon's first real effort came moments later when James Singleton sent a curling shot just over the bar.
That seemed to invigorate Glenavon who enjoyed later chances through Andrew Mitchell and Josh Daniels but the last notable effort of the first half fell for Coleraine's Ben Doherty who turned and shot from 20 yards only for the ball to fizz just past Tuffey's right-hand post.
The second half was an uneventful affair initially but Glenavon got the breakthrough on 61 minutes from the spot thanks to Sammy Clingan's penalty awarded for Steven Douglas' challenge on Stephen Murray.
Glenavon might have extended their advantage when Clingan skimmed the crossbar with a 20-yard free-kick while Murray was denied by a brave stop from Chris Johns.
But Coleraine never gave up and duly got their reward on 89 minutes when Jamie Glackin's initial effort smashed off the crossbar before the ball dropped for Doherty on the edge of the box to find the net to level.
Glenavon: Tuffey, Daniels, Marshall, Mitchell, Harmon, Clingan, Murray, Singleton, Garrett, Wearen, Sharkey subs Taylor, Hall, McCloskey, Norton, Jenkins, Stewart, Hamilton
Coleraine: Johns, Mullan, Douglas, McLaughlin, O'Donnell, Parkhill, McGonigle, Canning, B. Doherty, Burke, Shiels subs M. Doherty, Bradley, Carson, Crown, Edgar, Davidson, Glackin
Referee: Keith Kennedy
|Jonathan Tuffey||90 +2|
|Aaron Harmon||90 +3|
|Jordan Jenkins||90 +3|
|Josh Carson||90 +3||64|