Honours-even between Coleraine and Linfield

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Waterworth and McLaughlin the goalscorers as Bannsiders draw with the Blues 1-1 at the Showgounds

Linfield fell further behind Crusaders at the top of the Danske Premiership after Coleraine shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Showgrounds.  Coleraine now sit third after maintaining their unbeaten home record.  

Linfield took the initiative after Neil McCafferty was dispossessed by allowing Kirk Millar to cross for captain Andrew Waterworth's opener.  Coleraine nearly struck back on 38 minutes after Lyons' header came of the crossbar.

There was also time for Linfield to respond in kind after Jamie Mulgrew's 20 yard effort rattled the bar.  There were to be no further first half goals as the Blues went into the interval with their noses in front.

Both sides started the second half brightly with Jamie McGonigle and Sammy Clingan both having decent efforts.  However it was left to substitute James McLaughlin, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, to head home a Brown cross.

Mclaughlin had the ball in the net again, however the strike was ruled out for an adjudged infraction on Blues stopper Roy Carroll.  Jordan Allan also came close to earning all three points for The Stripes, but it was to end honours-even after his 83rd minute effort went narrowly wide.

 The 1-1 draw with the Blues mean Coleraine sit in third place, just two points behind Saturday's opponents and six points behind leaders Crusaders.  Although, Oran Kearney's men have played a game more than both those sides.

Next up for the Bannsiders is a Friday night game at home to Dungannon Swifts.

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