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Bannsiders hold on for a valuable point at Solitude

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Bannsiders hold on for a valuable point at Solitude thumbnailColeraine and Cliftonville fought out a scoreless draw at Solitude on Saturday. Despite dropping four points over the festive break, Coleraine enter 2018 still top of the Premiership. wk52264mb

SOME days, as Coleraine manager Oran Kearney admitted afterwards, you just have to accept that a point is a good result.
Such was the case at Solitude on Saturday as an understrength Coleraine held on for what could in the long run prove to be a very valuable point come the end of the season.
Missing from the starting line-up were flu-hit midfielder and leading scorer this term, Darren McCauley, and full-back Adam Mullan who began on the bench but was pressed into action late on following the sending-off of Aaron Traynor.
Also absent was the influential Brad Lyons who continues to struggle with a hamstring injury picked up in the away win at Warrenpoint Town just before Christmas.
On the plus side, striker Eoin Bradley was named in the starting line-up after coming on as a sub' in the Boxing Day draw with Ballymena United, a welcome return for the big Kilrea man following three months out with a knee injury.
And he almost made the most dramatic of entrances, going close with the first chance of the game after barely a minute. Ian Parkhill deflected Gareth McConaghie's pass into the Bradley's path but a covering defender did enough to block the effort at the expense of a corner.

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