Reserves through to Boxing Day final

Action from Coleraine Reserves Craig Memorial Cup semi final win over Desertmartin.
Action from Coleraine Reserves Craig Memorial Cup semi final win over Desertmartin.

Coleraine Reserves reached the Craig Memorial NW cup Boxing Day final with a 4-2 win over Desertmartin on Saturday.

A brace from Craig Moore and one apiece from Hugo Batista and Jordan Grissam sealed the win. It was a big achievement from the young bannsiders considering they have been the underdogs in every round, with a 1-0 win away to an inform Institute side being the highlight.

The game was scrappy for long periods but Coleraine were the only team looking to play the passing game. It was Batista who opened the scoring when man of the match Adam Mullan put him through with a defence splitting pass and he shot across the keeper. Ten minutes later the sides were level when a long ball from the back turned the Coleraine back four but Andy Finlay cleared outside the box only to see the centre forward fire the ball into the net.

Craig Moore scored on 30 minutes with an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box and Moore got his second five minutes later when he latched onto a bad clearance. As half time approached the bannsiders were awarded a corner, Moore swung it in and Grissam rose highest to head in of the bar for the fourth.

The second half was a scrappy affair and Coleraine suffered a blow as Barton was shown a second yellow.

Playing with ten men lifted them they still bossed the game as the fresh legs helped them control the latter stages.

However, with 10 to go the Bannsiders failed to clear a free kick and were punished, but they had done enough to see out the game and reach the Boxing Day final.