IRISH LEAGUE: Oran Kearney is pleased with his Bannsiders

Oran Kearney

Oran Kearney

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Coleraine manager Oran Kearney is pleased with the way his young Bannsiders are gelling before Saturday’s league clash with Ballinamallard United.

Kearney’s men will still be on a high after Wednesday night’ League Cup victory against Crusaders.

They also lie fifth in the league standings and Kearney believes his young charges are starting to understand what is needed to win football matches at this level.

“The players are learning and they are learning by being on the pitch,” he said.

“We have a group of young players who are reaching 80-odd starts, and they are starting to show that experience and the wee bits of naivety that they’ve had over the last couple of years is disappearing.

“It’s exciting and great to see. I just thought against Glentoran and Crusaders to a man they were all fantastic, we’re just starting to hit that real good level of performance week in, week out.

“It’s a long season and we’re carrying a few aches and pains and a couple of suspensions as well, but it brings opportunity.

“Some people may have been worried about us missing a couple of players today, but I can tell you there was two or three players who were rubbing their hands delighted they were getting a start so they can show what they are capable of,” he added.

Ballinamallard United however will be looking to get points on the board as they sit in 10th position and they will not want to get closer to Carrick and Portadown who are both below them.