Oran Kearney insists there is ‘more to come’ from battling Coleraine

Coleraine's Ian Parkhill was on target at Mourneview Park
Coleraine's Ian Parkhill was on target at Mourneview Park

Oran Kearney’s Coleraine roared into the Premiership’s top six last week and the manager insists there is more to come.

The Bannsiders entertain basement boys Warrenpoint Town at Ballycastle Road on Saturday, knowing that another three points could hoist them even further up the standings, depending on how Glentoran fare at home to title chasing Cliftonvlle.

“Our form has been brilliant of late,” said Kearney. “I’m delighted with the squad we have and the progress we have made. I really couldn’t ask for anything more from the guys.

“I thought our performance was really good against Glenavon last weekend. We played some good football and looked dangerous going forward. We must now keep that going.

“Even though we have suffered three defeats in the last eight games, I’d would still look anyone in the eye and say we have done well. In the games we haven’t won we have played well and created a lot of chances, as we do most weeks.”

Kearney admits he has unearthed another gem in the shape of young gun Ian Parkhill, who scored a stunning winner in the astonishing victory at Mourneview Park.

“I thought Ian’s performance merited a goal,” beamed Kearney. “It was a fantastic ball by Neil McCafferty, but the take and finish from Ian is absolute quality. It was a massive three points.

“He worked his socks off all day, he was a fantastic outlet for us. So I was delighted to see him pop up with such a vital goal. He is a really good finisher and he proved that.”

Kearney now wants his boys to show the came commitment and passion against a side that shocked Ronnie McFall’s Portadown with a 2-1 win last time out.

“There are no easy games in this league,” added Kearney. “Warrenpoint are battling for their lives and will come with plenty of confidence after beating the Ports. But we have to focus on what we must do to get the points.”

The Bannsiders will be without centre back David Ogibly, who was dismissed last weekend, while Darren McCauley and Joe McNeill are expected to recover from injury.

“David was sent off for his celebration after the winner,” added Kearney. “It was a bit harsh, but we just have to move on now.”