Causeway Chronicle

Kearney out for revenge

BetMcLean Cup preview

A PLACE in the last eight of the BetMcLean Cup is up for grabs in Tuesday night.

Coleraine take on rivals Ballymena United (kick off 7.45pm).

It comes just a few weeks after ten man Coleraine suffered defeat at the hands of their neighbours in the Premiership. But the buoyant Bannsiders will be confident of exacting revenge just over two weeks on from that disappointing afternoon at Warden Street.

Oran Kearney’s men go into battle off the back of a fully deserved 2-0 win against Crusaders on Saturday. It was another impressive performance to follow on from the previous week’s display against Cliftonville.

The difference this time out being that the Stripes got what they deserved thanks to a brace from red hot Conor McKendry.

Equally pleasing was a clean sheet, obtained by a fine defensive display which included a couple of excellent goal-line clearances from Kieran Farren.

The central defender has impressed since returning to the first team fold. And the former Dergview defender is out for revenge when Coleraine and the Sky Blues renew acquaintances in midweek.

“It’s a derby game and you have to go into it with that little bit of edge,” said Kieran.

“We’ll prepare properly and treat it like any other game.”

Recalling the recent meeting, Farren admits Matthew Shevlin’s red card and the subsequent defeat will provide further motivation.

“We’ll have one eye on trying to get one back because we thought we didn’t deserve that,” he added.

“So it’s on to Tuesday night now and hopefully we can get a positive result and bounce on.”

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson