Irish Premiership: Linfield 1-1 Coleraine

Coleraine's Neil McCafferty scores a last gasp free kick to deny Linfield victory at Windsor Park

Coleraine grabbed a draw away to Linfield when Neil McCafferty scored with the last kick of the game.

A poor challenge by Sean Ward led to a free-kick and McCafferty beat keeper Ross Glendinning with a stunning effort from just outside the box.

Linfield had taken the lead through a close-range Andrew Waterworth goal in the 59th minute.

McCafferty's goal means Crusaders take over from Linfield at the top of the Irish Premiership table.

The Crues, who beat Ballinamallard 3-0, are now one point ahead of the Blues.

There were not that many goalmouth incidents in a disappointing first half, although visiting keeper Michael Doherty had to stretch to save from Sammy Morrow.

Linfield got the breakthrough just before the hour mark.

Waterworth pounced from close-range for his 14th goal of the season after Ivan Sproule's effort had came off the hand of defender David Ogilby.

Coleraine seemed to have fluffed a late chance to secure a late point when Ian Parkhill was in on goal.

He seemed undecided whether to lob or go for power, and in the end shot tamely into the arms of a grateful keeper Glendinning.

However, the Bannsiders were to get another opportunity with that late free-kick which McCafferty's right foot delivered into the top corner.

Match facts
Andrew Waterworth has scored in 13 of Linfield's last 17 matchesColeraine have won just one of their last 12 matches against Linfield
The last time Coleraine beat the Blues was in October 2012 when the winner was scored by Stephen Lowry, now of LinfieldBefore kick-off, no team had kept more clean sheets in this season's Premiership than Coleraine

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney: "It was the perfect equaliser because the referee did not have time to set the ball on the centre spot.

"We felt it was a good chance for Neil and he delivered with a great free-kick.

"I think we got a wee bit of luck today which we had not been getting in recent weeks."

Linfield were stunned as Coleraine's Neil McCafferty equalised with the last kick of the game
Linfield were stunned as Coleraine's Neil McCafferty equalised with the last kick of the game

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