‘One game at a time’ for focused Coleraine boss Kearney

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney

Oran Kearney is abiding by the tried and tested footballing cliche of ‘one game at a time’ as he looks to continue Coleraine’s revival.

There have been plenty of encouraging signs in recent games to suggest the Bannsiders are on the mend.

Victory over Ards in the Premiership was followed by a spirited 2-2 draw with Cliftonville in the Irish Cup.

The momentum continued to swell on Tuesday night with a 3-0 league victory over Warrenpoint Town – a result that elevated Coleraine to 10th in the table.

“Recent results have been encouraging, and it is up to us to build on that,” Kearney said.

“We got the result against Ards which we hoped would kickstart things, and then the cup game was another battling performance.

“It was important we carried that into the Warrenpoint game, and the players did that.

“The new signings have helped. Stephen Dooley provided a spark during his short loan deal, and Joe McNeill, Davy McDaid and Eugene Ferry have all contributed.

“The signs are encouraging, but all we can do is take it one game at a time. Managers at the top will say the same, and it is probably getting tiresome to hear – but it is our mantra.”

Next up for Coleraine is Saturday’s trip to the Oval to face a Glentoran side boasting the firepower of Curtis Allen – who scored twice on his debut last week against Portadown.

It was a lethal statement of intent from the former Coleraine hit-man, who also missed a penalty.

“It is great seeing Curtis back in the Irish League, but hopefully he has a quiet day on Saturday,” Kearney added.