Irish League: Supersub Shevlin salvages share of spoils for Stripes

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Matthew Shevlin celebrates equaliser

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Matthew Shevlin struck deep into stoppage time to secure a point for Coleraine from Larne's visit to the Showgrounds.

Shevlin, a 61st minute substitute for Andrew Mitchell, was on hand to tuck home the rebound from Josh Carson's effort to earn the Bannsiders a share of the spoils in what was a closely-fought encounter throughout.

The game got off to a quiet start with only a Ronan Hale shot against the base of a post after a quarter-of-an-hour coming close to breaking the deadlock for Larne in the first half.

The second half was a similar story, and again it was the visitors who came closest when Lee Lynch tested keeper Gareth Deane from distance around the hour mark.

However, Larne eventually found a way through on 71 minutes via former Coleraine winger Ben Doherty who controlled a low Lynch cross from the right to direct a curling left-foot finish beyond Deane into the far corner.

The Stripes did have the ball in the net a few minutes after that but it was ruled out for a foul on keeper Conor Devlin.

But they weren't to be denied with almost the last kick of the ball after Devlin could only parry Carson's effort into the path of Shevlin.

Coleraine: Deane, Brown, Lowry, Carson, Wilson, O'Donnell, Glackin, Traynor, Allen, Mitchell, Kelly subs Gallagher, Kane, McLaughlin, Bradley, Shevlin, Tosh, McFeely

Larne: Devlin, Watson, Sule, Herron, Hale, Doherty, Scott, Lynch, Bolger, Bonis, Hughes subs Argyrides, Balmer, Nasseri, Randall, McDaid, Mitchell, Jarvis

Matthew Shevlin struck deep into stoppage time to secure a point for Coleraine from Larne's visit to the Showgrounds

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