Joe Gormley and Davy McDaid miss out for champions

Joe Gormley is suspended for Saturday's trip to Coleraine
Joe Gormley is suspended for Saturday's trip to Coleraine

Cliftonville will be missing their potent strike force of Joe Gormley and Davy McDaid for Saturday’s Premiership clash with Coleraine at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds, but it’s full steam ahead after that.

Gormley must sit out a one-match ban, but it’s McDaid’s final afternoon sitting in the stand after serving a whopping six games following an alleged head butt in an Irish Cup tie against junior side Ards Rangers.

“We have good cover in the form of Jay Donnelly, Marty Murray, Sean McCarron and Johnny McMurrray,” said Breslin.

“It opens the door for a few boys who perhaps haven’t had much game time.

“It’s McDaid’s final game of his suspension. He’ll be back next week along with Joe, which is a boost at this stage of the season.”

Breslin’s boys never have it was in the North West, and he is again expecting no favours.

“Coleraine have done well against us – they’ve beaten us twice this season,” he added.

“But we won our last two games and are unbeaten in three, so we must keep that going.

“It’s important to pick up as many points as possible prior to the split, with only eight games remaining.”

Eamon Seydak returns to the squad after injury, but Breslin is sweating in the fitness of George McMulland and Marc Smyth.

Meanwhile, Bannsiders chief Oran Kearney is hoping to maintain their impressive run of results against the Belfast side.

“It wasn’t so long ago when Cliftonville held the upper hand over us, but the tables have now turned,” said Kearney.

“Hopefully we can go out on Saturday and keep that run going. Both sides play attacking football, so it should be an exciting game. Cliftonville are always capable of scoring goals, but at the same time, so are we.”

Coleraine will be without midfielder Ruairi Harkin due to an ankle injury.