Stephen Murray returns to the starting lineup for Glenavon and Jordan Jenkins gets a rare start up front alongside Murray. Sammy Clingan returns from injury in midfield alongside Niall Grace with Andy Hall also back from an ankle injury that kept him out of last week’s Irish Cup game. Robbie Norton and Stephen Donnelly are on the bench.
Ben Doherty is in Coleraine’s starting line-up as he faces Glenavon for the first time since his loan move from Derry City ended and he elected to join the Bannsiders.
Eoin Bradley put the Bannsiders ahead in the 20th minute when he tapped in after Jonnny Tuffey parried a close-range shot from Jamie Glackin.
Before that opening goal it took a superb last-ditch tackle by Aaron Canning to deny Josh Daniels after he was played in by a measured pass from Sammy Clingan
Gareth McConaghie also made a goal saving tackle after the opening goal when he blocked a shot from Jordan Jenkins after Niall Grace played him in.
Grace scored the equaliser in the second half with a wonderful curling effort five minutes after the break and Jenkins had a glorious chance to put Glenavon ahead when Daniels raced down the left and cut the ball back for the young striker but Johns, who was voted Coleraine’s Man of the Match, made a great double save.
Glenavon had to withstand a succession of Coleraine corners late on before the referee blew the final whistle.
Credit must go to both teams for playing such an open and entertaining game in such difficult conditions with the wind at times blowing clearances back for corners!
Coleraine: Johns, Mullan, McConaghie, Canning, Edgar, Doherty, Glackin, Lowry (c), Carson, E Bradley, McGonigle. Subs: M Doherty (GK), Douglas, O’Donnell, Parkhill, Owens, J Bradley, Moore
Glenavon: Tuffey (c), Marshall, King, Marron, Singleton, Hall, Grace, Clingan, Daniels, Murray, Jenkins. Subs: Donnelly, Harmon, Larmour, McCloskey, Norton, Sharkey, Hamilton
Referee: Ross Dunlop