Causeway Chronicle

As Carrick come to town…

Who will fill Shevlin’s boots?

Who is ready to step up and take centre stage for Coleraine?

That’s the question manager Oran Kearney will be pondering ahead of Saturday’s game with Carrick Rangers.

The Showgrounds boss needs to find someone to fill the boots in the absence of Matthew Shevlin, starting with the visit of Carrick.

The striker returned after suspension for last week’s clash with Larne.

But he lasted less than a quarter of an hour after being caught by a late challenge in the first minute by Cian Bolger.

It was a tackle that merited a red card according to a frustrated Kearney whose side eventually lost 2-0.

Shevlin had the injury scanned this week but as yet no timescale has been put on his latest absence from the team.

Initial reports suggest several weeks at the very least.

Andy Scott is also a doubt for tomorrow’s encounter at Ballycastle Road.

He too limped off early after feeling his hamstring.

“We’re big boys and it’s a big boys league,” admitted Oran.

“For Matthew this season has been very stop start with injury, suspension and now another injury that is going to keep him out for weeks.

“It’s been hard to build the kind of momentum we want.

“We have to gather the troops and dust ourselves down again.”

Carrick have already registered a win over the Bannsiders this season.

“It’s another tough one for us,” added Oran.

With Shevlin missing for the foreseeable, now is the time for others to take their opportunity.

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Maurice Bradley