Coleraine’s victory over Warrenpoint Town on Saturday perfectly summed up their Jekyl and Hyde season to date.
The Bannsiders have struggled to find any sort of consistency so far in terms of results with their inability to kill teams off leaving boss Oran Kearney very frustrated.
Their profligacy in front of goal was punished by Dungannon Swifts and Ballinamallard United in the last two weeks and Kearney was determined no to make it three in a row.
But Coleraine did their best to throw away the three points despite seemingly cruising thanks to first half goals from Gary Browne and Stevie Lowry. To their credit though Town hit back before the hour mark as Daniel Hughes and Liam Bagnall drew them level.
But Browne popped up with just over 20 minutes to go to win the game and have Kearney breathe a sigh of relief.
“It has been the story of our season, some fantastic performances for parts of games and then, I wouldn’t even call it indifferent performances,” he said afterwards.
“That 20 minute spell at the start of the second half was probably as poor a performance we have produced during my time here.
“Credit must go to Warrenpoint because it’s not just about us being poor, they came out of the blocks in the second half and really threw everything at us and took their goals well.
“For as controlled and as solid as we were in the first half it was disappointing that it turned in to what it did.
“The big thing we had asked for over the last couple of weeks was goals and we got them in the first half today.
“It was a very nervous ending for us. Call it mental baggage, call it what you want but when you come through two decent performances from us when we should have won the game and you don’t get anything from that you could see today the first goal was nearly like a release.”
Kearney was pleased his side showed the mental toughness to bounce back and win the game given their recent setbacks.
“You have to put yourself mentally as to where the players are at as they are on such a high at being 2-0 up to all of a sudden find yourself 2-2 in a game which should never have been 2-2,” said the Bannsiders boss.
“We had a decision to make, do we lie down or do we stand up. It is tough but we steadied the ship and got going again and Gary Browne steps up with a goal befitting of any stage.”