Causeway Chronicle

Bannsiders eyeing Boxing Day ko blow

Boxing Day derbies are always important occasions.

Tuesday’s trip to Ballymena on Tuesday afternoon is a massive match. 

There’s no getting away from the fact that a section of the support is losing faith in manager Oran Kearney.

There were more calls for him to go from the small band of fans who travelled to Windsor Park for Friday’s 2-1 defeat to Linfield.

However, the Showgrounds boss also retains the backing of many fans.

But that loyalty will definitely be put to the test if Coleraine don’t return home with the points against their struggling rivals.

I thought the team more than matched the Blues – particularly in the first half – on Friday.

Only the woodwork prevented Coleraine taking an early second half lead and who knows how the game might have unfolded?

As it was, the concession of two soft goals inside five minutes from set pieces handed the league leaders an early Christmas gift.

Despite missing key players – and several struggling with bugs and minor knocks – Oran and his team simply have to find a way of delivering a knock out blow to the Sky Blues on Boxing Day.

“We will come in on Christmas Eve morning and see what we have from a bodies point of view” said Oran.

“It’s always a big occasion and we will go all guns blazing.

“We want to go and get a big result.”

Kearney knows the importance of the fans’ backing and praised those who travelled to Belfast on Friday.

“Massive respect to them. It doesn’t go unnoticed,” he added.

“The last month and big parts of this season has been frustrating for everybody.

“They make the effort to turn up and travel the distances so thank you.”

Causeway Chronicle

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