Crusaders captain Colin Coates hopes to ‘put things right’ this season

Crusaders captain Colin Coates
Crusaders captain Colin Coates

Crusaders captain Colin Coates aims to “put things right” in this season’s Irish Cup.

Coates was part of the Crues squad that lifted the blue riband trophy back in 2009.

But since then the Seaview club has lost in two finals against Linfield – in 2011 and 2012 – and been knocked out at the semi-final stages the past two seasons.

On Saturday Stephen Baxter’s men will look to book their place in another final by claiming victory over Glentoran at Mourneview Park (3pm).

And captain Coates is determined to exorcise some of the demons from the past.

“I would love the chance to reach another Irish Cup final. It is a great occasion for the players, management and fans,” he said.

“We have enjoyed the highs and endured the lows in the competition, but we want this season to be a positive experience.

“We’ve gone close in recent seasons, but fallen short, either in the final or the semis.

“I want to try and get back into another Irish Cup final and put things right.”

Coates hopes Crusaders’ Class of 2015 can emulate the heroes of six years ago.

Mark Dickson’s solitary goal earned the Crues a 1-0 win over derby rivals Cliftonville in the 2009 Irish Cup final.

It was Coates’ first senior medal – one he hopes to add to this term.

“The 2009 Irish Cup was the first senior trophy I won as a player, so it means a lot to me,” the defender added.

“We then lost two finals to Linfield, although defeat in the 2012 final was softened by the fact we won the Setanta Sports Cup the following weekend. We want to make the most of this opportunity.”