IRISH LEAGUE: Oran Kearney looking for Coleraine to deliver

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney is relishing continued progress from his players and is looking forward the Danske Bank Premiership clash away to Glentoran on Saturday afternoon.

“Home or away we are in it to win games. We just keep on going in the same way we always have, by building and working hard,” said Kearney.

“We are continually holding our own and fighting it out so can take confidence from that moving forward.

“We will train hard this week and be ready for Glentoran. They are a good side and they have responded well to Gary Haveron taking over as manager.”

And Kearney’s Bannsiders left Seaview frustrated at a single-goal defeat last weekend to Crusaders, having pushed the defending champions hard on an afternoon in which home goalkeeper Sean O’Neill proved the key player.

A run of three 1-1 draws over past tests against Linfield and the Crues can be considered evidence of Coleraine’s growing confidence against any opposition irrespective or reputation or records.

“I suppose there is severe disappointmnent not coming away with victory or even a draw,” said Kearney.

“We were more naive than anything and all our endeavour and good play was not enough.

“We did not create enough gilt-edged opportunities but Crusaders really got that trademark goal.

But this league is about winning games and points and, in a month’s time, people will forget the stats and just look at the result.”