IRISH LEAGUE: Determined Oran Kearney is aiming for the stars with Coleraine

Oran Kearney
Oran Kearney

Oran Kearney insists Coleraine will keep reaching for the stars following a stellar start to the season.

The Bannsiders sit fourth in the Danske Bank Premiership – just four points off Crusaders and Linfield at the summit.

Kearney believes a lethal blend of youth and experience has catapulted Coleraine to the top end of the table.

And he has urged his players for more of the same when Dungannon Swifts arrive at The Showgrounds on Saturday.

“We have to keep reaching high. There is no point targeting top six or fourth place. We want to try and win the league.

“It might be a long shot, but as long as it is mathematically possible then that’s what we have to aspire to.

“I can’t loook my players in the eyes and say ‘we want to finish sixth’ or ‘we want to finish fourth’. We have to aim for as high as we can, and at this moment in time first place is achievable.

“We have enjoyed a decent start to the season. If you had offered me fourth spot and four points off the top after 11 games I would have taken your arm off – and possibly some of your leg.

“But we need to keep it going.”

Kearney believes the spirit within his squad has been a catalyst to their success.

“There is great camaraderie in the team, and the players rub off on each other,” he added.

“They work hard for each other, and when we score you will see every player celebrate. That’s good to have in a squad.”