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    Better goal difference as well but don't you have to travel to both Coleraine and Linfield and indeed Glenavon?
    Forget about the performance or entertainment. It's only the result that matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlsFan View Post
    Better goal difference as well but don't you have to travel to both Coleraine and Linfield and indeed Glenavon?
    Crues win game in hand to take top spot.

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    Great game on Saturday, Crues good on the break to go 2 up by half time but Coleraine showed a bit of bottle in the second half. The soggy pitch made for plenty of hoofball which did the teams a bit of a disservice. Heatley is a right handful, very nippy. When Coleraine got a goal back early in the second and were pressing hard for an equalizer they got sucker punched on the break but again they came back. Coates sending off for a deserved second yellow turned it around as I think Crusaders would have hung on with 11 but thanks to a great goal from McGonigle Coleraine now had their tails up and kept at it til they got the equalizer and were unlucky not to win it at the end.
    2 well matched teams who deserve to be battling it out at the top of the league. Coleraine's fortitude and Crusaders organisation and counter attacking ability cancelled each other out and I can see this battle going down to the wire. Coleraine's confidence will be greatly enhanced by this performance and there's still only a point in it.

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    Crues have an advantage with all their remaining home games on 4G. If the wet weather continues it could hurt Coleraine.

    Probably time for Coatesy to move into coaching...

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    I have to hand it to Crusaders, they seem to be getting stronger as the season progresses. That was some job they did on Glenavon last night.

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    Amazing that Coleraine have only lost 1 game in 30 and still find themselves 5 points behind Crusaders !
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    I know, too many draws.
    Bring back 2 points for a win

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    think Coleraines long wait for a league title win since 1974 will have to wait another year. pity about them!
    Daire Doyles red and black army

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    You gotta love local derbies, 2 points in it now with 7 games to go. Best title race for a while.

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    Great game tonight, real old fashioned cup tie. End to end stuff at times but Coleraine were certainly the better team though Glentoran are greatly improved under McFall.
    So now 2 Premiership v Championship games. You'd fancy the final to be Cliftonville v Coleraine but Larne are on a great run and coming back from a goal down to beat Ballymena was good going tonight. Coleraine will be desperate for another go in the final after last year's no show against Linfield.

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    So, same number of games played and same points. Coleraine though have to travel to Linfield, Glenavon and Cliftonville so odds must be on Crusaders. Coleraine have only lost 1 game all season and still not on top.

    1 Crusaders 35 26 6 3 101 36 65 84
    2 Coleraine 35 25 9 1 73 29 44 84
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    Both win at the weekend and now Crusaders face Cliftonville at home and Coleraine go to Linfield.
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    Crusaders at home to Clftonville then away to Ballymena. Coleraine away to Linfield and away to Glenavon. On paper Crusaders have the easier fixtures but at least Coleraine can be happy that they are on decent grass pitches. Mind you Ballymena fairly made Coleraine work for the win on Saturday and Cliftonville did Crusaders on their last meeting so let's see.
    2 trips to Windsor Park for Coleraine in the next couple of weeks with the cup final v Cliftonville as well. Here's hoping it's not a booby prize.

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    Both teams dropping points and both having to come back from being behind. Coleraine looked dead and buried at halftime, they hadn't had a chance all first half. The penalty got them back in it and a great counterpunch for the second and were well on top till the end of the game. I didn't know what Oran Kearney says to them at halftime but it always seems to work, they have been very hard to beat. Good substitutions as well at the break.
    Crusaders still favourites but either of them will be worthy winners. Crusaders home advantage hasn't really panned out with a lot of points dropped recently. So Coleraine have effectively 2 cup finals over the next week. Great climax to the season.

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    For Coleraine to come back from 2-0 down at Linfield - makes you wonder is their name on the trophy this season ?
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    In other IL news there'll be 2 Derry teams in the Prem next term- Institute in the Mens' City the Women's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gather round View Post
    In other IL news there'll be 2 Derry teams in the Prem next term- Institute in the Mens' City the Women's
    In this we all love each other era, is there any possibility of Derry City joining the IL and would they be welcome in the unlikely event of that happening ? Their travel costs would certainly be reduced although I think the average attendances in the LoI are higher than in the IL so overall financially it might not be a runner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlsFan View Post
    In this we all love each other era, is there any possibility of Derry City joining the IL and would they be welcome in the unlikely event of that happening ? Their travel costs would certainly be reduced although I think the average attendances in the LoI are higher than in the IL so overall financially it might not be a runner
    Cant see it even if the next bankruptcy is disastrous. But if it did happen they'd be welcomed

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    There is debate on ILS about whether it would be feasible to have Institute play at the Brandwell next year. Suggestions they would play some 'home' games away where there is potential for trouble. Disappointing in this day and age but it shows part of why Derry returning to the IL is problematic.

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    Is it true that Derry City play in red and white stripes in recognition of their manager's, Bill Gillespie, career at Sheffield United? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Gillespie

    I've heard it all now. To think I used to like them
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