Oran Kearney hopes Stephen Lowry can finish season on a high note

Coleraine midfielder Stephen Lowry (right)
Coleraine midfielder Stephen Lowry (right)

Oran Kearney hopes midfielder Stephen Lowry can finish the season with a bang.

Lowry has endured a frustrating campaign which has been marred by a knee injury.

The 27-year-old appears to be getting back on track, however, popping up to score the winner in Friday night’s 1-0 win over Crusaders.

Next up is Monday night’s crunch Setanta Cup quarter-final, second leg tie with Dundalk at the Showgrounds.

The Bannsiders take a narrow 3-2 lead into the clash, giving Kearney a fighting chance of progressing to the last four.

“Stevie has had a tough season, and he has been through a lot,” Kearney said.

“So Friday night was great for him. It was a nice moment to score the winning goal.

“The key now is keeping Stevie fit and hopefully he can finish the season positively.”

Elsewhere on Monday in the Setanta Cup Ballinamallard United travel to St Patrick’s Athletic trailing just 1-0.

“We did well in the first leg, but we are under no illusions going into Monday night,” said Mallards boss Whitey Anderson.

Meanwhile, Crusaders go into their second leg with Sligo Rovers looking to overturn a 4-1 deficit.