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Semi-final cup defeat for Bannsiders

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Semi-final cup defeat for Bannsiders thumbnailColeraine and Omagh players ready themselves for a scrum during Saturday’s Junior Cup game.

COLERAINE suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday with this coming in the semi-final of the Junior Cup at Omagh.
In the face of one of the strongest sides in Championship One, Coleraine produced a spirited game but were unable to find the finishing touches to create a score. Trailing 13-0 at the break, the visitors secured two penalty conversions - the only scores - in the second half.
It was a bruising encounter which saw the entire Coleraine panel put in great effort and they will take away many positives as they prepare for the resumption of league matches. This week sees another Conference League game on Thursday evening with the main target following on December 17 with an away game to CIYMS - a game that could be pivotal in the search for league honours.
Speaking after the game, Coleraine head coach Richard Boyd said: "The squad are naturally disappointed to miss out on a trip to the Kingspan Stadium but I am very proud of the squad and their efforts.
“We have already had a tough cup run away to Ards, a local derby against Limavady and a big win against a strong Ballyclare side.
“Omagh are an excellent side who are well organised by Phil and Ashley and we wish them all the best in the final.
“We actually started the game very well but couldn't break down the strong Omagh defence and ended up 13-0 down after twenty minutes. It took us a while to get up to the pace of the game but I thought we were the better side in the second half and showed fantastic spirit to push Omagh all the way.
“It is a difficult place to travel and if we had landed our penalty attempts and got the rub of the green on a few decisions it could have been a different story, but it wasn't to be.

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