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We will be more confident for Slaughtneil replay: Coleraine's Barry McGoldrick

Barry McGoldrick of Eoghan Rua Coleraine heaped praise on Slaughtneil for coming back from five points down Picture Margaret McLaughlin.

COLERAINE defender Barry McGoldrick paid tribute to Slaughtneil’s powers of recovery following Sunday’s drawn quarter-final clash – but says his Eoghan Rua team-mates will take plenty of confidence from the game ahead of the October 3 replay.

Coleraine sprinted into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead after just 12 minutes but the defending champions came firing back to nudge ahead 0-8 to 0-7 at the interval.

Coleraine, whose only senior title success came in 2010, needed a stoppage-time equaliser from second-half substitute Richard Carey to force this compelling quarter-final to a second game.

“That’s champions do,” said McGoldrick. “They keep coming back at you. They have won the last four titles in Derry. They’re a very good team but that’s Championship football. It was so tight. The margins were so fine.

“There were a couple of things we thought were harsh and I’m sure they thought a few decisions against them were harsh. But we’ll go again.”

The Coleraine camp were unhappy with the free that was given against their goalkeeper Ryan McGeough for over-carrying late in the game that allowed Slaughtneil to edge ahead in a see-saw encounter at Owenbeg.

With the two clubs and the county board agreeing to push the game to Wednesday week, due to both clubs being involved in senior (Slaughtneil v Banagher) and junior (Coleraine v Na Magha) hurling finals this weekend, it might give Brendan Rogers and Patsy Bradley more time to be fit for the replay.

Both players missed Sunday night’s tie through injury while Declan Mullan is still some way off being fit for Coleraine.

“Every team in Derry knows each other so well,” added McGoldrick.

“It is not like teams can spring a new tactic or they can bring a new fella into the team. Slaughtneil were obviously missing Patsy [Bradley] and Brendan Rogers and they might be back the next day but we’ll take a lot of confidence from that game.”

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