Coleraine grab deserved win over Swifts

David McDaid applies the deft finish to put Coleraine ahead after ten minutes. PICTURE: DEREK SIMPSON

David McDaid applies the deft finish to put Coleraine ahead after ten minutes. PICTURE: DEREK SIMPSON

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Coleraine closed the gap on sixth place and gained some revenge for their Irish Cup exit as they beat Dungannon Swifts 2-0 at Stangmore Park on Monday night.

David McDaid scored early on when he capitalised on an error, and substitute John Watt wrapped it up with a stoppage time second.

Johnny Watt wraps up the points. PICTURE: DEREK SIMPSON

Johnny Watt wraps up the points. PICTURE: DEREK SIMPSON

The Bannsiders edged in front when Dermot McCaffrey was robbed by McDaid, who ran clear and slotted through the goalkeeper’s legs.

Adding to the home side’s frustration were two first half injuries. First Fra Brennan went down clutching his knee, resulting in a lengthy stoppage. Then later in the half Cameron Grieve was forced off after taking a knock to his back.

Ryan McIlmoyle had a long-range effort tipped over early on, while Ryan Harpur’s 25-yard strike drew a comfortable save from the goalkeeper.

The Swifts had an appeal for a penalty turned down at the start of the second half before McDaid hooked an effort just wide of the back post following a cross from Paul Owens.

Dungannon pushed for an equaliser but Coleraine sealed the points in the 92nd minute when McDaid countered and crossed, with Watt firing home from close range.

DUNGANNON SWIFTS: Buchanan, Brennan (S Lavery, 25), Grieve (Hazley, 43), McCaffrey, McCashin, Hutchinson, McCullough, Harpur, Glackin, Liggett, C Lavery. Subs not used: Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Brolly

COLERAINE: Ferry, Beverland, McIlmoyle, Douglas, Owens, Lowry (Watt, 59), Harkin, Canning, Bradley, McDaid, McNeill. Subs not used: Ogilby, Jennings, McDowell, Mullan

Referee: Evan Boyce (Comber)