BEN DOHERTY bagged the headlines [...].
Byline: AARON O'NEILL
BEN DOHERTY bagged the headlines as Coleraine progressed to the second qualifying round of the Europa League with a famous victory over NK Maribor.
In a dramatic penalty shootout finale at Stadion Ljudski, the Bannsiders netted all five of their spot kicks to send the Irish League club into dreamland. Rudi Pozeg, who had levelled in normal time for the Slovenian giants, rattled the base of the post with the home side's fifth penalty.
And that left Doherty with the task of stepping up to win the tie, the midfielder keeping a cool head to rifle home and steer Oran TURN TO PAGE 62
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Kearney's men into the next round. This was an heroic effort from Coleraine who also pocket an additional PS230,000 for reaching
Monday's draw for the next round.
Kearney becomes the first
Showgrounds manager to win back-toback games in Europe. It is also the first time the club has progressed through two rounds of a UEFA competition.
Coleraine had taken the lead when James
McLaughlin (right) opened the scoring produced another spectacular effort.
The lead was short lived as Maribor, who were playing Liverpool in the
Champions League group stages two years ago, levelled three minutes later. Pozeg, the guilty party in the shootout, held his nerve to finish off
Milec's cross to make it 1-1.
The Slovenians had a golden chance to win the tie in extra-time when the Norwegian referee pointed to the spot after a foul on the raiding Milic. But substitute Amir Dervisivic was left holding his head in despair after rattling the crossbar from 12 yards.
The tie would be decided on penalties. Ian
Parkhill, Lyndon Kane, Gareth McConaghie and Eoin Bradley all held their nerve to tee up
Doherty to take the headlines with an historic strike at the Stadion Ljudski.
A famous win for the Bannsiders (left) who can now look forward to joining David Healy's
Linfield in the draw for the next round.
PUSH COMES TO SLOV Ben Doherty buries winning penalty to send Coleraine (above) into wild celebration