Causeway Chronicle

Linfield result lifts spirits after difficult week personally

The week ended on a happier note for me personally thanks to Coleraine’s win against Linfield.

I lost two people close to me recently – Paul Gaston’s sister Tracy (Donaghey) and my old Sports Master Tom Skelton.

Tom had a big influence on me when I was younger and I renewed our friendship when I moved back home..very sad news about Tracy and Tom.

The win over Linfield certainly raised the spirits.

I was delighted for Oran. Until you have been in management and on a bad run, people don’t realise how lonely a place it can be.

But I thought he got everything spot on.

For me the 4-4-2 is the way to go and we have two guys up front (Matthew Shevlin and Jamie McGonigle) who will score goals.

Those two need the ball played in quickly to them and we did that. We’re much better playing at a high tempo.

Most of the players played in their preferred positions and I felt it showed. They looked comfortable.

We also looked more physical and once we scored Linfield had no answer.

The Blues had plenty of possession but apart from one clear chance when they should have scored, I felt they looked quite lightweight in attack.

Hopefully Oran can keep these guys fit now and get a bit of continuity for the end of the season.

Making the Top Six has to be the goal.

Regarding the club’s takeover, it finally puts to an end some of the rumours that have been circulating.

It’s important now that the fans are told the strategy going forward.

Pic: Maurice Bradley, Causeway Chronicle

Jamie McGonigle and Dean Jarvis run to congratulate Conor McKendry whose free-kick seemed to find its way into the back of the net. However, it transpired later Aaron Jarvis got the final touch to steer the ball over the line.

Pic: Maurice Bradley, Causeway Chronicle

Striker’s instinct . . . you either have or you don’t. Jamie McGonigle scores whilst prone on the ground, he still managed to get his shot away and Coleraine go 2-0 ahead.

Pic: Maurice Bradley, Causeway Chronicle

Matthew Shevlin scores Coleraine’s opening goal at home to Linfield on Friday evening.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson