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Glentoran beat Coleraine in Irish Cup penalty shoot-out


Glentoran beat Coleraine 3-2 on penalties after their Irish Cup quarter-final replay ends 3-3 after extra-time, while Portadown beat Glenavon

Glentoran beat Coleraine 3-2 on penalties after their dramatic Irish Cup quarter-final replay ended 3-3 after extra-time at Ballycastle Road.

Andy Waterworth netted on 16 minutes but Stephen Carson levelled with a left-foot shot in the 56th minute.

Waterworth scored on 90 but Mukendi equalised in added time, then Stephen Lowry scored a penalty in extra-time and Colin Nixon drew the Glens level.

Three players from Coleraine and two from Glentoran then missed penalties.

Lowry, David Scullion and Darren Boyce failed to convert for the Bannsiders and Nixon and Paul Leeman were unable to score their spot-kicks for the visitors.

Waterworth, Grant Gardiner and Mattie Burrows were the successful penalty takers for the Glens and Jonny Harkness and David Ogilby found the net for the Bannsiders.

Waterworth broke the deadlock when he took advantage of some hesitant Coleraine defending to fire in his 12th goal of the season.

Gavin Cullen then blocked a Burrows effort and Richard Clarke was just off-target with a piledriver.

Lowry was denied a penalty appeal by referee Brian Turkington and Waterworth blazed over the bar from six yards for the dominant Glens before the interval.

Substitute Carson weaved his way through the Glentoran defence and planted a left-foot shot past Elliott Morris to bring his side level.

Cullen saved a Burrows overhead kick and then Waterworth looked to have won the game for the Glens.

The forward stroked the ball home after Cullen dropped the ball and he had the simple task of scoring in the 90th minute.

There was more drama to come however as Boyce headed the ball across goal for Marc Mukendi to head home two minutes into stoppage time.

Burrows went close for the Glens early in extra-time and then Howard Beverland did well to deny Waterworth as he was about to score.

In the second period of extra-time, Daibhibd McIvor was upended in the area by Sean Ward and Lowry coolly converted the penalty.

Two minutes later Cullen was unable to hold Nixon's shot and the ball squirmed over the line.

The excitement continued with the penalty shootout, Elliott Morris saving the decisive penalty from Boyce.

Morris had also denied Lowry while Scullion hit the woodwork.

Cullen made good stops from experienced pair Nixon and Leeman.

The Glens will play Linfield in the semi-finals on 9 April.

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