Jordan Forsythe (90 2)


Eoin Bradley (21)
Stephen O'Donnell (43)


Stephen O'Donnell is congratulated by his team-mates after doubling Coleraine's lead (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/


Coleraine signalled their intent for the season ahead with this defeat of Crusaders at Seaview despite playing the last half-an-hour or so with ten men.

Eoin Bradley nodded the Bannsiders in front on 20 minutes from inside the six yard box after Stephen O'Donnell connected with a corner to nod it back into the danger zone.

Then, right at the end of the first half, O'Donnell added a second for Coleraine with a header following some poor home defending.

Coleraine were reduced to ten men just after the hour when David Ogilby was shown a second yellow card after being adjudged to have handled a through ball to Crues frontman Paul Heatley.

However, the Crues could only muster a stoppage goal in response when substitute Jordan Forsythe finished crisply after Jordan Owens had headed the ball down inside the box.

Crusaders: Jensen, Burns, Beverland, Brown, Lowry, Ward, Caddell, Glackin, Owens, Heatley, Whyte subs McChrystal (not used), Carvill (not used), Cushley (replaced Whyte 77), Forsythe (replaced Glackin 46), Snoddy (replaced Lowry 73)

Coleraine: Johns, Mullan, Harkin, Ogilby, McCauley, Bradley, Carson, Lyons, O'Donnell, McGonigle, Whiteside subs Douglas (replaced McCauley 65), Parkhill (replaced McGonigle 70), Kirk (not used), Traynor (not used), McCready (not used)

Referee: Ian McNabb

Attendance: 1575

Tags:  Coleraine  Crusaders