TOUGH TIMES: Coleraine boss Oran Kearney
TOUGH TIMES: Coleraine boss Oran Kearney

ORAN Kearney insists there will be “no hiding place” when Coleraine step out against fierce derby rivals Ballymena United in the Irish Cup this afternoon.

Coleraine go into the sixth round clash at the Warden Street Showgrounds on the back of a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Cliftonville on Tuesday.

After suffering the ignominy of that embarrassing midweek malaise, boss Kearney has demanded a massive response as he looks to progress to the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup.

“There will be no hiding place on Saturday. None at all, and I have told the lads that,” Kearney said.

“After Tuesday night’s defeat the only thing that kept me going was the fact we have such a massive game up next.

“This is the Irish Cup and it is a derby. It doesn’t come much bigger than this.”

Kearney believes arch rivals Ballymena should be “massive favourites” to win today’s cup tie, given his club’s poor form recently.

Coleraine have won just twice in their last eight fixtures.

“I believe the onus is firmly on Ballymena United. We are coming off the back of a 5-0 defeat so they have the advantage,” he added.

“Previous results between the two clubs mean nothing, and we are massive underdogs given our form.

“Nostalgia will mean nothing on Saturday. Stats speak for themselves and we have to show more desire than we saw on Tuesday night.”