IRISH LEAGUE: Oran Kearney hoping derby win is catalyst for Coleraine

Oran Kearney
Oran Kearney

Oran Kearney hopes Coleraine can kick-on from their derby victory over Ballymena United.

A 2-1 win over their fierce rivals was just the tonic for Kearney following a disappointing month.

The Bannsiders had lost their three previous Premiership outings prior to their Boxing Day success.

It saw Coleraine finish the year on a high note, and now Kearney hopes they can carry it into the New Year with today’s clash with Ballinamallard United.

“I think regardless of what went before, beating your derby rivals is always a big result,” he said.

“Boxing Day was positive in many respects. It was a big derby win which pleases the fans, and it also got us back on track following the three defeats.

“I don’t think we played particularly badly against Linfield, Glenavon and Crusaders. We just came out the wrong end of some fine margins.

“There have been games where we have played poorly and won, so there is a fine line sometimes.”

Coleraine face a run of three games against opposition in the bottom six, starting with Friday’s visit of Ballinamallard.

The Bannsiders have won every game against teams in the bottom six this season – a trend Kearney hopes can continue.

“We have done really well all season, and despite our poor December we didn’t really lose much ground on the teams around us,” he added.

“The other teams dropped points as well, so we are still up there fighting in the top four positions and hopefully we can continue doing that in January and beyond.”