Frustrated boss Oran Kearney demanding a response from Coleraine after Irish Cup malaise

Oran Kearney
Oran Kearney

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney is demanding a response from his players in Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership clash with Glenavon at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds.

The Bannsiders are still smarting after being dumped out of the Irish Cup by Warrenpoint Town – a team that currently occupies the bottom rung in the league ladder.

“It was a massive disappointment, there is no question about that,” said Kearney.

“I can accept losing a football game, but I certainly can’t accept the manner in which we lost.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Warrenpoint Town. They were better than us on the day, but we can’t afford another performance like that.”

Defeat would push Coleraine further down pecking order in their push for a top six place – they currently trail Glenavon by three points.

“It’s a big game in terms of us staying in contention,” added Kearney.

“There are 24 points still up for grabs before the split, so there is still a lot to play for.

“On their day, Glenavon can match any team in the league. But, like a lot of other teams, they are short of that wee bit of consistency.

“They have good players that can hurt you, so we need to be on our game. Hopefully, last week’s performance will be lesson for us all.”

Kearney admits there has been no movement, in or out, in terms of the open January transfer window.

“We put Gary Browne on the list earlier this week – he’s finding travelling a bit of a chore,” added Kearney.

“We’ve have a few inquires from a couple of Championship clubs, but there has been no movement.”

Kearney will again be without the injured Howard Beverland (knee), Darren McCauley (ankle) and Ruairi Harkin (knee) for tomorrow’s game.

“They are three big players to take out of any team. Hopefully, they’ll be back within the next couple of weeks.”