Oran Kearney intends to hand Coleraine’s fringe players a chance

Coleraine mananger Oran Kearney
Coleraine mananger Oran Kearney

Coleraine chief Oran Kearney intends to give some of his ‘fringe players’ an opportunity in Saturday’s meaningless clash against Dungannon Swifts at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds.

With issues at both ends of the table settled - Ards are the only club walking a Premiership tightrope - both clubs can afford to play with a certain degree of freedom.

The Bannsiders have racked up wins over Warrenpoint Town and Ards in their last two games to guarantee they wouldn’t be involved in a dreaded relegation play-off spot.

But with Bangor now assured of a top two place in Championship One, that threat has now gone, with Ards now hoping for a chance to salvage Premiership status.

“It’s good to get it all done and dusted,” said Kearney. “To be honest, we should never have been in that position.

“There is no point looking back, but we were killed by a spate of injuries and suspensions.

“Credit to the lads they produced a good performance over the last two matches to get the job done.

“We certainly didn’t want to leave anything to chance. As I said we probably should have got to this point a couple of weeks back, but our destiny was always in our own hands.

“It’s nice that we did it ahead of our final two games.”

“We now want to finish on a high obviously, but we have a number of players struggling with injury and I also want to give a few reserve players a run out so I can have a look at them,” added Kearney.