Lyons 'mane' man as Coleraine pile misery on Portadown

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Brad Lyons the only goalscorer as Bannsiders in third after a 1-0 win over the Ports at Shamrock Park

Brad Lyons' 23rd minute strike was enough to seal all three points for Coleraine.  The 19-year old striker's winner meant the Bannsiders returned to third place, following Ballymena's earlier win over Crusaders.

Coleraine headed into the game after Back-to-back wins over Ards in the league and Knockbreda in the cup.  After having been retroactively awarded a 3-0 win in their postponed season-opener with the Ports, the Bannsiders

Oran Kearney praises his young players:

Oran Kearney's mean heaped more misery on the Ports, capping of a dreadful week for the Shamrock Park outfit.  Portadown saw their 12-point deduction upheld by the IFA following their appeal, and manager Pat McGibbon resigned on Friday night.  A group of Portadown fans held a protest against the club's directors.

Coleraine are now only four points behind leaders Crusaders, who suffered their first defeat of the season against Ballymena, although the Crues have played a game less.

Next up for Coleraine is the visit of Linfield, as the Stripes will face a stern threat to their unbeaten home record.  Meanwhile Coleraine have been drawn with Crusaders in the quarter finals of the cup

Oran Kearney looks ahead to the cup game with Crusaders:

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