Causeway Chronicle

Bannsiders bid to bounce back

It’s a trip to the Oval up next for Coleraine on Saturday (kick off 3pm).

After their disappointing Irish Cup exit last weekend, the Bannsiders will attempt to get back on track in the Premiership.

Oran Kearney takes his side to meet a Glentoran team packed with quality …and containing several players he would be delighted to lure to the Showgrounds in the coming days.

Three signings – Jack Scott, Rory Brown and Jamie McGonigle – have been recruited so far in this transfer window with more to follow.

McGonigle should make his debut against the Glens after his international clearance didn’t come through in time to face Cliftonville.

Skipper Stevie O’Donnell, with 90 minutes under his belt for the 20’s this week, could also feature.

There have been few positives of late but without doubt the last trip to the Oval provided the season’s highlight.

Coleraine produced an outstanding display when they came from behind to win 2-1 back in September and are confident that another win this weekend at the Oval will kick-start a revival in fortunes, especially in the manner they dismissed Glentoran the last time the side’s met at the Oval.

Performances like that have been few and far between but manager Kearney will be hoping with fresh faces and players returning from injury, his team can once again reach that level.

Of course it never rains but it pours.

Lyndon Kane will serve a suspension after his red card and it appears both Jamie Glackin and Lee Lynch will be absentees after picking up hamstring injuries last weekend.

“It’s tough,” admitted Oran.

“We lose Lyndon with his red and we picked up a couple of injuries as well which isn’t ideal.

“We’ll get them assessed and go from there.”


Maurice Bradley