Causeway Chronicle

Lomas hopeful of Seaview success

It’s a trip to the capital next for Coleraine on Saturday.

The Bannsiders take on Crusaders as they close in on a Top Six finish.

And after last weekend’s point against champions Larne, Causeway Chronicle columnist Stephen Lomas sees no reason why Oran Kearney’s men can’t continue their recent improved form at Seaview.

“Coleraine look strong defensively again and they were solid and disciplined against Larne,” said Stephen.

“Having Stevie O’Donnell and Stevie Lowry back has made a big difference.

“The team has maybe lost a little of it’s creativity because of the defensive shape but they still could have won the Larne game.”

And respected pundit Lomas is delighted with recent results.

“That’s three unbeaten and two of those against Linfield and Larne.

“With a little bit of luck it could have been nine points from nine.

“From the run the team was on previously, I’m sure Oran would have snapped your hand off for that points return if he’d been offered it beforehand.

“Crusaders are always a threat but for me they are an ageing team and they are dealing with the news Stephen Baxter is going (Declan Caddell was named as his successor this week).

“Coleraine are looking good now for that top six spot which is vital to them.

“It won’t be easy but confidence is returning and the players will believe they can go and get the job done.”

Four points from the remaining two pre split fixtures will seal that European play off slot.

Crusaders – followed by Dungannon Swifts – stand in their way.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson