Eoin Bradley may be a relative newcomer to the Irish League, but the Derry GAA star has taken to life in the top flight of the local game with relative ease.
The 29-year-old All Star award winner is thriving in this new ball game like the proverbial duck to water, which was fairly apt given the weather conditions at the Showgrounds on Saturday.
Bradley produced a Man-of-the-Match display having a hand in all three Coleraine goals, scoring one, as the Bannsiders battled back to grab a last gasp win over Glenavon.
“I’m loving it here. Since day one everyone has made me feel very welcome,” said Bradley after the game.
“I told Oran when I signed I would work hard to get into the team and now I’ve got in it I’m determined to stay in it.
“We have a lot of good players here and there is plenty of competition for places which is good for the team. We just have to kick on now and work hard to get up the table now.”
Bradley set up Gareth Tommons who gave the hosts a first half lead. But a double by Ciaran Martyn looked to have sank the Bannsiders hopes of a win as the rain lashed down.
But up stepped Bradley to head home the equaliser before playing his part in Stephen Carson stoppage time winner.
“It was nice to get the goal but the win was more important,” said Bradley.
“We showed a lot of character to keep going and ‘Carsie’ has popped up to win the game for us.”
Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney praised the character of his side.
“I have to give our lads the credit because they have been through an awful lot over the last few weeks and more than anything they’ve a lot of mental baggage to carry around,” he said.
“To go 2-1 down today after being 1-0 up the easiest thing would have been to throw the towel in. But credit to them they’ve clawed their way back in to the game again with a great goal from Eoin and then Stephen Carson pops up with the winner right at the death.
“When Eoin levelled it was never really in my mind to settle for a point because this league is crazy, we’ve been hit by late sucker punches ourselves in the past and you know anything can happen in the closing stages.
“When there’s 10 minutes to go and it’s all square it’s there for the taking.
“I’m delighted for Stephen. He’s had a tough start since coming back here and it’s lovely for him to step up today and grab the winner for us.”
Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton though was disappointed his side came away with nothing to show for their endeavours.
“It’s a difficult one to explain. I thought for about 75-80 minutes we were the better team.
“The first half was even enough, but I felt we dominated the second half for the first half hour and deservedly went in front.
“But fair play to Coleraine they stuck at and didn’t give up and got the result in the end.
“It’s very disappointing because we didn’t deal with the ball well for their last two goals and at the other end we had chances to win the game ourselves.
“To come away from home and score two goals you expect to get something out of the game. Unfortunately we didn’t and that’s just not good enough.
“We just have to make sure we bounce back against Crusaders next week.”