Kearney rues missed chance last season

Coleraine manager, Oran Kearney
Coleraine manager, Oran Kearney

Oran Kearney believes Coleraine missed a golden opportunity in the Irish Cup last season.

The Bannsiders saw off Premiership champions Cliftonville in the fifth round but were knocked out by Dungannon Swifts at home in the next phase.

Dungannon were then defeated by Ballymena United, who went on to beat Championship underdogs Queen’s University to book their place in the showpiece final – where they lost to Glenavon.

Coleraine kick-off this year’s campaign at home to Warrenpoint Town tomorrow, in one of only two all-Premiership ties in the fifth round.

“The Irish Cup is a big target for Coleraine Football Club. It is massive for us,” Kearney said.

“We did the hard work by beating Cliftonville last season, and then lost out to Dungannon in a ding-dong battle at our place.

“They went on to play Ballymena who beat them, and then Ballymena got Queen’s in the semis and reached the final.

“We believe we could have won those games, so it was a missed opportunity for us last season.

“We are going well in the league at the minute, and the opportunity to go far in the cup would be brilliant.

“And it would be great for this bunch of players. They have worked hard and deserve a cup run.

“So that’s the target.”