Positives despite defeat for Killymoon Rangers

George Dardis’ Killymoon side entertained a Coleraine select side managed by Johnny Law on Tuesday at MUSA. For both managers it was a chance to get a look at as many players as possible with the new season less than a month away.

It was the home side who started the brighter with recent signing David Best causing problems on the right hand side but his early cross was comfortably claimed by McAlister in the Coleraine goal.

Killymoon’s early pressure was rewarded after 6 minutes; a McEllhatton free kick was met by Purvis who nodded the ball across the goal for the unmarked Trialist to head the home side into the lead.

The Trialist tormented the North-Coast side moments later with a mazy run which resulted in a free kick on the edge of the box. However on this occasion, Drew Kelly’s free kick was hammered straight into the wall with the rebound going harmlessly wide.

It took until the half hour mark for Coleraine to create their first real chance on goal and it took a fantastic run from Baptista leaving several ‘Moon players in his dust to beat Rainey in the home goal but not the far upright.

Killymoon instantly responded with good play by Best resulting in a chance for Richard Donaghy but his shot was well saved by McAlister.

Things got even better for the trialist as he beat the offside trap to double the home side’s advantage.

Coleraine tried their best to pull a goal back before the break but great Killymoon defensive work, in particular from Andy Neill kept the visitors disappointed.

Things could have got even better for Watson if he had taken his change from a brilliant Donaghy threw ball but his effort was comfortably saved.

In the second half Coleraine came out a completely different side with early pressure being eased after a handball by Oran Burton saving Killymoon early on.

It wasn’t to last for the home side though as Rainey failed to deal with the ball in resulting in a goal for Stuart. Killymoon nearly responded instantly with a Trialist effort but his long range shot was well wide.

Purvis at the back for Killymoon had to deal with a few crosses from the Coleraine right hand side before David Miller had a chance for the home side up the other end but his shot pulled wide. Coleraine even had the ball in the back of the net again from Mullen but his effort was stroked off for off-side. No mistakes a few minutes later however as McCann benefited from a slack Killymoon defense to net the equaliser.

In a real blink and you miss is moment, after absorbing quite a lot of Coleraine pressure, including a fine curling effort from Baptista cannoning off the upright, William Watson completed a memorable performance with his hat-trick with a glorious volley on the edge of the box just after the hour mark. Coleraine immediately won a corner up the other end but Boyce’s half chance was dealt with by a combination of McMullan and Neill.

Stephen McElhatton’s free-kicks caused Coleraine problems all day long, with his latest giving Nathan Dunn a chance but his effort proved no danger for the visitors.

Coleraine equalised yet again when Stuart caught the home side napping to calmly slot the ball past Rainey for his second. Coleraine scored what was ultimately the winner with ten minutes to go via a Mullen header.

Killymoon pushed for an equaliser of their own with a Drew Kelly free-kick cleared by the visitors, with the same player just failing to get on the end of a ball in from wide a few minutes later.

Overall more positives than negatives for George Dardis to ponder before the start of the season on 10th August.

Killymoon: M. Rainey, D. McMullan, A.Neill, S. Purvis, Trialist, S. McElhatton, D. Best, R. Ferry, D. Kelly, Trialist (3), R. Donaghy. Subs: D.Miller, N. Dunn, C. Creggan, C. Martin, P McGinn

Coleraine: J. McAllister, S. Glasgow, R. Campbell, J. Grissim, C. Convery, S. McCann, C. McNamee, O. Burton, J. Stuart (2), H. Baptista, A. Mullen (1). Subs: D. Boyce, L. McGhee, T. Dallas, L. McDowell

Results: Killymoon Rangers Select 2 (Creggan, Coyle) Tyrone Milk Cup Squad 2; Limavady Select 0 Killymoon Rangers Select 2 (Donaghy, Dunn).


Saturday July 27

Dungannon Rovers v

Killymoon Rangers

Castlecaufield, 2pm

Dungannon Reserves v

Killymoon Reserves

Dungannon Park, 2pm