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KEARNEY'S ORAN CLOUND 9.

Byline: ALEX MILLS

Warrenpoint 0

Coleraine 2

ORAN KEARNEY'S Coleraine last night sent out a defiant message to the rest of the Premiership title pretenders: 'Catch us if you can'.

The impressive Bannsiders cranked up the pressure on their rivals with this deserved win against a gritty Warrenpoint.

Goals from Ian Parkhill (left) and Darren McCauley helped table toppers reel in another three crucial points, keeping them six ahead of Crusaders.

"We knew it would be tough, we had to grind that win out," said Kearney. "We were not good in the first half, but certainly upped out game after the break.

"It's good to get three points at the start of what will be a hectic festive period."

The first half with an untidy affair with Jamie McGonigle going close on two occasions, forcing Town goalkeeper Johnny Parr into action.

But the breakthrough was achieved just three minutes after the break when Parkhill's shot from 20 yards took a wicked deflection, which left Parr totally helpless.

It was almost two in the visitors' next attack but defender Conor McMenamin somehow got back to knock a Josh Carson effort off the line.

Then, in a rare breakaway, Darren Murray held his head in frustration after seeing his shot crash against the post.

But with seconds ticking down, McCauley guaranteed the Bannsider when he drilling low into the bottom corner.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 23, 2017
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