Causeway Chronicle

Ciaran has a day to remember!

A day to remember for Ciaran O’Hara and three welcome points for Coleraine.

The 17-year-old opened the scoring on his first start in the 3-2 win over Loughgall.

Stephen Lomas spoke to MICHAEL ANDERSON about Saturday’s encounter.

I had a really good day on Saturday, backed up by a really good win.

I attended the corporate lunch beforehand and I’d like to congratulate those behind the scenes like Clement and Laura for their work organising it.

There are a lot of good people involved at the Showgrounds and a lot of their work often goes unnoticed.

It was also good to see it so well supported, especially close to Christmas.

There is good support out there for Coleraine.

As for the game, despite the late goal I thought it was a comfortable win.

After the trials and tribulations Oran has had to endure with injuries, it was a welcome three points.

One man’s loss is one man’s gain as they say and Ciaran O’Hara took his opportunity well.

He got caught offside a few times but I don’t mind that. I like a striker playing on the last man.

Yes he’s raw but he has all the attributes, pace and aggression.

I’ve watched him quite a lot with the 20’s and he scored a hat trick one night which is the best hat trick I’ve ever seen.

Lee Lynch did well again too.

For me he has picked up the mantle since Josh Carson got injured.

Losing Josh is a big blow but Lee has certainly stepped up to the plate.

Alongside him, Aaron Jarvis has all the attributes needed to play that midfield role.

Hopefully those two can control that engine room and dictate the game.

We’ve been badly hit with injuries but it has given young players the chance to be involved, like Senan Devine, Ciaran and another young fella Alfie Gaston and I’m pleased to see that.

With Davy McDaid’s sending off, there’s a chance for Ciaran to maybe get a run of games now.

Conditions were difficult and it was all about getting the result so it was job done.

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Maurice Bradley