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Ahead of crunch double header…

Causeway Chronicle Columnist Lomas praises teenager Devine

Coleraine have a trip to Glenavon, the Premiership’s in-form team this weekend.

And it’s the first of a double header.

The Bannsiders travel to Glenavon on league duty on Saturday.

The Mourneview men then visit the Showgrounds next Tuesday for a BetMcLean Cup quarter final tie.

A goal from Aaron Prendergast saw off Limavady United in midweek.

Teenager Senan Devine will be hoping to play a part in both those games.

The 16-year-old started in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Carrick Rangers.

Along with Jake Wallace, he was withdrawn at half time as part of a tactical change by manager Oran Kearney.

Causeway Chronicle columnist Stephen Lomas knows a player when he sees one.

And the former Northern Ireland international is hoping to see more of Devine in the coming weeks.

“I thought Senan did well against Carrick,” said Stephen.

“He was unlucky to come off at the break but it certainly wasn’t anything to do with his performance.

“Oran wanted to change the system and Senan and Jake (Wallace) were the ones to be replaced.

“While he was on he did well and it wasn’t easy as he started as a wing back and then had to drop further back.

“He was comfortable on the ball, got forward when he could and put in some decent balls.”

That was a view backed up by Bannsiders’ boss Kearney.

“I thought Senan had a good first half,” said Oran.

“With the way we had to chase the game in the second half, it was important to make those substitutions at half time to make us more attacking.”

Glenavon will pose a major threat ahead of the back to back fixtures.

Under new boss Stephen McDonnell, his team are now on a six game winning streak.

Only three points separate the two teams as they go into this weekend’s first instalment, with the Bannsiders currently fending off their opponents in sixth spot.

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