Coleraine manager Oran Kearney hoping to end Ballinamallard United hoodoo

Neil McCafferty is still missing for Coleraine
Neil McCafferty is still missing for Coleraine

Coleraine will be looking to banish a damning statistic when they face Ballinamallard United on Friday night.

Since the Mallards were promoted to the Premiership back in 2012, the two clubs have gone on to meet each other 12 times.

Alarmingly for Coleraine, they have NEVER beaten the Fermanagh men in those dozen meetings.

The two sides have drawn five of their 12 league fixtures against each other, with the Mallards winning the other seven.

Another positive for Whitey Anderson’s men ahead of Friday’s renewal at The Showgrounds (8pm) is that Ballinamallard have won the last three.

“It is well documented that we haven’t beaten Ballinamallard yet. Everyone loves telling us that, so it’s an obvious incentive to take the three points,” Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney said.

“We won’t be dwelling on past results and we aren’t losing sleep over previous stats. There are also a few of our players who will be playing their first game against Ballinamallard, so it’s not an issue for us.

“We want to target the top six and it’s another chance for us to get a positive performance under our belts. We’ll be treating it like any other game. We’ll be doing everything possible to pick up the points.

“What has happened in the past is gone now. We only look to the future and that’s Friday night’s game.”

Coleraine have enjoyed a positive start to the season, claiming two wins from four fixtures to sit sixth in the table.

They enjoyed victories over Glentoran and Ballymena United, falling to defeat against Cliftonville and Linfield.

“I was disappointed with the three goals we conceded against Linfield last week and the players know that, but I can’t criticise the attitude or application,” Kearney added.

“I’ll take positives from how we have performed so far in the league.”

Coleraine are still without Neil McCafferty and Ruaidhri Higgins, while Darren McCauley is doubtful. Sammy Morrow also has a knee complaint.