James McLaughlin (64)


Stephen O'Flynn (89)


Billy Joe Burns rushes to congratulate Stephen O'Flynn (Picture: PressEye.com)


Supersub Stephen O'Flynn grabbed a late goal as nine-man Crusaders earned a point from their visit to Coleraine.

The first effort of a quiet opening didn't arrive until the 18th minute when Paul Heatley tested home 'keeper Michael Doherty with a 25-yard effort.

At the other end a few moments later Rodney Brown then made Sean O'Neill save his header from an Aaron Mullan cross.

But, on 36 minutes, the deadlock was almost broken when Jordan Forsythe saw a goalbound effort scooped off the line by Stephen Douglas.

Jamie McGonigle then squandered a great opportunity at the other end when he found himself one-on-one with O'Neill only to fail to adequately trouble the Crusaders 'keeper.

Crusaders were reduced to ten men with four minutes of the first half remaining when Heatley was sent-off by referee Keith Kennedy following an off-the-ball incident with Lyndon Kane.

The Bannsiders made their extra man tell on 64 minutes when substitute James McLaughlin pounced on the rebound after O'Neill had done well to thwart a Ruairi Harkin effort.

And it got worse for the Crues a few minutes after that when they were reduced to nine men following Forsythe's instant dismissal for a two-footed challenge on Kane.

Then, just as it looked Coleraine were about to claim their fifth win of the season up popped substitute O'Flynn to head home after Colin Coates had knocked the ball back into the area from a set piece.

Coleraine: Doherty, Beverland, Mullan, Douglas, McCauley, Harkin, Brown, Canning, Lyons, Kane, McGonigle subs Watt (not used), McLaughlin (replaced Douglas 46), Parkhill (not used), Falconer (not used), Law (replaced McCauley 78)

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, McClean, Coates, Robinson, Heatley, Owens, Whyte, Clarke, Snoddy, Forsythe subs McKibbin (not used), Molloy (not used), O'Carroll (not used), Mitchell (replaced Whyte 78), O'Flynn (replaced Clarke 82)

Referee: Keith Kennedy

Attendance: 747

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