Saturday, 27 August 2011

Crusaders 1 - 1 Coleraine - The Aftermath.

As I set off to Seaview in my car, I was treated to a child falling off his bicycle, now I know I shouldn't have laughed, but I did, it was hilarious, but to my dismay it wasn't the funniest thing to happen that night, it was the referee'ing display.

Now it may sound like sour beans, but it isn't, both sets of fans agree that the ref had a mare, and if the type of officiating continues it can only halt the progression of our game in Northern Ireland.

But back to the game, it wasn't the greatest start by either teams, with Coleraine shading it, and notorious tweeter Leon Knight having the best chance of the half after a through ball left him one-on-one with Sean O'Neill, which Sean came out on top of, and left Curtis Allen fuming that Knight didn't square it, other than that and the usual calls for handball in the box that the Irish League gets there wasn't much to speak about.

The second half brought a sub for Crusaders with Ciaran Gargan being replaced by Davy McMaster. This looked to have rejuvinated the Crues. And this showed on the 57th minute, when McMasters brilliant left footed cross was expertly nodded in by Timmy Adamson. Tensions were already high at this point after a lot of hard hitting tackles and a lot of over acting by Leon Knight. Now with regards to the crowd trouble and sectarian chanting and abuse towards Crusaders 'Keeper Sean O'Neill, I didn't see it as I was at the other side of the ground, but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough what went on. Coleraine scored a goal in 90+3' and fully deserved to as the pressure they kept on Crusaders all game was superb.

Although that said, what went on after the final whistle from the Coleraine fans is ridiculous, such as running onto the pitch, I'm sure a nice little fine will head your way, but spitting on anyone, professional player or anyone is a disgrace. As for the claims that Crusaders fans were racially abusing Leon Knight, if anyone did, I hope they aren't welcome back at Seaview again, but from reports of fans from all round the ground is, that no abuse was shouted, apart from the usual banter you would give to this pint sized idiot. As I read from a few people's twitter shouts is that Leon Knight will try and call the racism card every time he gets abuse from opposition fans, he very much is Coleraine's answer to Joey Barton, as his Twitter proves, calling Seaview a dump along with their fans and players. Sort it out Knight.

I apologise for this turning into a rant, but at least I didn't do it last night as it would of been more ranty and more shouty at Coleraine.

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