Oran Kearney urges Coleraine to end season on a high note

Oran Kearney
Oran Kearney

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has urged his players to finish their season on a high note.

The Bannsiders have gone five games unbeaten in all competitions - including three in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Seven points from a possible nine in those three league fixtures have injected fresh impetus into Coleraine’s season.

Kearney’s side can move into ninth spot on Tuesday night with victory over Ballinamallard United at the Showgrounds (8pm kick-off).

“We are just taking it one game at a time, but we want to try and finish as high as possible this season,” he said.

“There are teams above us that we can catch, but we have to look after our own results first.

“We have enjoyed a few decent results recently, but they are only the shoots of recovery. We haven’t achieved anything yet and there is still a long road ahead.

“But things have turned for us, and the new signings have played a massive part since the turn of the year. We just have to keep it going now.”

Coleraine are preparing to face a Mallards side that has also endured a frustrating season to date.

Whitey Anderson’s men have won just one of their last 10 Premiership games - a 1-0 victory over bottom club Ards on December 7.

Anderson has called for “one big push” from his players from now to the end of the season.

“We have 12 league games left, not to mention the Setanta Cup and Saturday’s Irish Cup game with Glenavon,” Anderson said.

“There are a lot of big games coming up for us, and we have to try and finish the season strongly.

“It has been frustrating recently, but the players just have to continue working hard and hopefully things will turn for us. But it is going to be a hard battle from now to the end of the season.

“Tuesday night is another tough hurdle.”

Coleraine have enjoyed a few good results recently so they will have been lifted from that.

“But we know we can go there and get a result.”