Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
Spartak Subotica1Coleraine1

Spartak Subotica 1-1 Coleraine

Darren McCauley
McCauley scored a memorable opening goal in Coleraine's 2018 Irish Cup final triumph

Coleraine agonisingly missed out on a memorable away victory in their Europa League qualifier against Spartak Subotica in Serbia.

The Bannsiders looked to be heading towards a famous win but had to settle for a draw as the hosts equalised through a 96th minute penalty.

Darren McCauley had given Coleraine the lead in the first half from close range.

The sides meet again on 19 July for the return leg at the Showgrounds.

Having never progressed beyond the first round of a European qualifier Coleraine, with an away goal in the bag, will believe they have a real opportunity to do so next Thursday.

The visitors grew into the contest having withstood an early onslaught from the hosts.

Winger Mile Savkovic enjoyed plenty of space in the opening stages and was twice denied by Chris Johns in quick succession.

There was more frustration to come for Savkovic as he passed-up his side's best opportunity of the half, heading wide after Stefan Milosevic's pinpoint cross found him unmarked.

Coleraine, who were without manager Oran Kearney and assistant William Murphy for the trip to Novi Sad, were content to try and hit their opponents on the counter.

The Irish Cup holders took an unlikely lead through McCauley after goalkeeper Nikola Peric failed to hold Aaron Burns' effort.

Johns picks up where he left off

Northern Ireland Under-21 goalkeeper Johns was one of Coleraine's most consistent performers during a remarkable 2017/18 campaign which saw them lose just one league match all season.

With Spartak, and particularly Savkovic, looking dangerous in the final third Johns was a picture of composure as the game wore on.

He was once again on hand to acrobatically deny the Serbian winger as Coleraine set up shop in their own half.

Chris Johns
Johns was one of Coleraine's stand-out performers last season

They did continue to pose a threat on the counter and the introduction of Jamie McGonigle added an extra injection of pace to their forays into opposition territory.

The striker nearly put the game out of sight with 10 minutes remaining but his effort was saved by Peric.

With the game into a sixth minute of added time Ian Parkhill was adjudged to have brought down Nemanja Glavcic in the box.

Savkovic stepped up and levelled the tie with virtually the last kick of the game.

Line-ups

Spartak Subotica

  • 1Peric
  • 10MilosevicSubstituted forTorbicaat 75'minutes
  • 5Kerkez
  • 3Noboru
  • 15Glavcic
  • 40Calasan
  • 21Vukcevic
  • 23Savkovic
  • 9DjenicSubstituted forAfumat 35'minutes
  • 31Marcic
  • 29CecaricSubstituted forDjuricinat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Jocic
  • 6Tekijaski
  • 8Torbica
  • 18Dunderski
  • 28Djuricin
  • 77Afum
  • 96Lucic

Coleraine

  • 1Johns
  • 10BradleySubstituted forMcGonigleat 65'minutes
  • 6LyonsBooked at 90minsSubstituted forKirkat 90+2'minutes
  • 8LowryBooked at 45mins
  • 3Mullan
  • 14Burns
  • 7McCauleySubstituted forHarkinat 81'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 13McConaghie
  • 18TraynorBooked at 12mins
  • 16Parkhill
  • 15O'Donnell

Substitutes

  • 4Harkin
  • 9McLaughlin
  • 17Kirk
  • 19McGonigle
  • 20Doherty
Referee:
Aleksei Matyunin
Attendance:
976

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 12th July 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal6321106411
2FC Astana6312107310
3Slavia Prague62226608
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv611418-74

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6411159613
2Partizan Belgrade622289-18
3Young Boys613278-16
4Skenderbeu6123610-45

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga631298110
2Ludogorets62317529
3Istanbul Basaksehir622278-18
4Hoffenheim6123810-25

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1AC Milan6321136711
2AEK Athens61506518
3HNK Rijeka62131112-17
4Austria Vienna6123916-75

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atalanta64201441014
2Lyon6321114711
3Everton6114715-84
4Apollon Limassol6033514-93

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow632194511
2FC Copenhagen62317349
3Sheriff Tiraspol62314409
4Zlín6024110-92

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Viktoria Plzen6402138512
2Steaua Bucharest631297210
3Lugano6303911-29
4Hapoel Be'er Sheva6114510-54

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal64111441013
2Red Star Belgrade62313219
3Köln620478-16
4BATE Borisov6123616-105

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg633071612
2Marseille62224408
3Konyaspor613246-26
4Vitória Guimarães612359-45

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao632185311
2Östersunds FK632184411
3Zorya Luhansk620439-66
4Hertha Berlin612367-15

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio6411127513
2Nice630312759
3SV Zulte Waregem6213813-57
4Vitesse6123510-55

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg65101751216
2Real Sociedad64021661012
3Rosenborg6123611-55
4Vardar6015320-171
View full Europa League tables

Top Stories

Get Inspired Activity Finder

Run by the BBC and partners

Find ways to get active near you: