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Live Reporting

By Andy Gray

All times stated are UK

  1. Over and out

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    So there we have it, on Valentine's weekend, Coleraine and Oran Kearney's love affair with cup finals at Windsor Park continues.

    Crusaders bossed the opening 45 minutes, but the game swung on the penalty decision and Bannsiders dug deep to see the game out.

    It wasn't a classic by any means, but will this lay the foundations for further success for Kearney's side?

    Commiserations to Stephen Baxter's men, but tonight belongs to Coleraine. It should be some party at the Showgrounds tonight!

    Coleraine celebrate their success
  2. We'll keep going - Johns

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    Quote Message: It's a great feeling. There are a few boys in the changing room who hadn't won a medal with this club and hopefully this will be the first of a few this season. The Crues were pumping balls in left and right, but the boys stuck to their battles and we managed to get over the line. Hard work is going to get us places and we will stick by that! from Chris Johns Coleraine goalkeeper
    Chris JohnsColeraine goalkeeper
  3. There's still more to come - Allen

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    Curtis Allen is in the middle of the joyous celebrations at Windsor Park:

    "What can I say? The last couple of weeks have been full of emotions. I couldn't have asked to come to a better club. What a way to return! To come on was special and I ran as a hard as I could after being out for five months. I did all I could, and that's all you can do as a player. We've still an awful lot to play for this year."

    Not bad for his (second) Coleraine debut!

  4. We gave it our best shot - Baxter

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    Quote Message: We felt really disappointed after our performance in the first half. Look, Coleraine got their goal and they held out bravely. They run out here fitting winners. Jamie will be disappointed not to score that one at the end. That's football and that's how it is. We gave it our best shot and if we had got that second goal it would have been a different game. from Stephen Baxter Crusaders manager
    Stephen BaxterCrusaders manager
  5. It means so much - Lowry

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    Quote Message: It's my first trophy for Coleraine in over 240 appearances and I'm glad I have something to show for it. The club is in a great shape at the minute and Oran has us on the crest of a wave and better things are to come. I'm not the usual penalty taker and Oran asked me in the warm-up if I would take one if needed. I told Oran where I was going to hit a penalty and he was happy enough with that. It means so much. from Stephen Lowry Coleraine midfielder
    Stephen LowryColeraine midfielder
  6. We had to dig deep - Kearney

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    Quote Message: We're very pleased. I thought Crusaders were excellent and I'm not sure how it was level at half time. Big James hasn't scored in months and it was written in the stars tonight. There's shades of the Irish Cup final, just look at the crowd we brought up from the north coast. I told our boys to go to special places and dig deep, and the mentality in our group is fantastic. We ground it out and we really earned it. It shows all the credentials that you want. from Oran Kearney Coleraine manager
    Oran KearneyColeraine manager
  7. FULL-TIME

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    Coleraine have done it! Oran Kearney's men come from behind to stun Crusaders!

    Jamie McGonigle opened the scoring against his former side, but Stephen Lowry's penalty brought the Bannsiders level at the break.

    James McLaughlin was the hero at Windsor Park as he headed home the winner shortly into the second half!

    For the first time in 33 years, Coleraine have won the League Cup!

  8. Post update

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    That was the chance!

    The ball falls to Jamie McGonigle, exactly who would want in that position, but the striker fires it over the top from seven yards.

    He really should have scored there. Massive, massive chance!

  9. Post update

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    Four minutes will be added on...

    Will we see any late drama?

  10. Post update

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    This has turned into a really scrappy affair here.

    Coleraine are happy to run the clock down and Crusaders are struggling to launch any meaningful attacks in their bid to draw level.

    Two minutes and counting...

  11. Post update

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    James McLaughlin goes off to a standing ovation as gets a well-deserved breather with eight minutes to go.

    Matthew Fitzpatrick comes on to add some fresh legs.

    Can the Bannsiders see this one out?

  12. Post update

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    Philip Lowry heads Rory Hale's cross towards goal but it's easily gathered by Johns.

    Coleraine go straight up the other end with James McLaughlin powering Curtis Allen's delivery over the top.

    Are we set for any late drama?

  13. Post update

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    A last roll of the dice from Stephen Baxter. Rory Hale comes on for Declan Caddell.

    The Crues are going for this but time is running out.

  14. Post update

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    Ian Parkhill leathers one towards goal from 15 yards after a clipped ball by Jamie Glackin. There was some force behind it and Sean O'Neill manages to turn it away.

  15. Post update

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    It's David Cushley time...

    Jordan Forsythe is the player to make way.

    The Crues have 20 minutes to turn this one around.

  16. Post update

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    Another poor clearance allows Jordan Forsythe a shot on goal, but it's a weak effort from the edge of the area and comfortably held by Chris Johns.

  17. Post update

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

  18. Post update

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    Reece McGinley has replaced Paul Healtey, who has had a rather quiet evening at Windsor Park.

  19. Post update

    Crusaders 1-2 Coleraine

    James McLaughlin goes in with a heavy challenge on Jordan Forsythe, which the Crues man takes exception to. There's a brief moment where players from both sides get to know each other pretty well, but once it all calms down both players are shown a yellow card.

    As you were.

  20. Time for Cushley - Beckett

    Crusaders 1-1 Coleraine

    Liam Beckett

    Radio Ulster co-commentator

    Quote Message: I think Coleraine look a lot more solid since changing their shape. Now it's Crusaders who look a bit lost out there. I think David Cushley has to be the player Stephen Baxter turns to now. He's an impact player, but Baxter needs his players to stand up and be accounted for.