Midfielder McCauley believes a top six finish is up for grabs

Darren McCauley rampant.''photo:Derek Simpson
Darren McCauley rampant.''photo:Derek Simpson

Darren McCauley believes a top six finish is well within Coleraine’s grasp.

Saturday’s 2-0 win over champions Cliftonville left the Bannsiders a point behind sixth placed Glenavon, who Coleraine play this Saturday.

McCauley, who was in rampant form against the Reds, believes the result shows what the Bannsiders are capable of.

“The club is producing a lot of good talent,” he told Times Sport.

“Lyndon and Adam have been brilliant since moving up from the reserves and the likes of myself and Shane and Parky are young also, but we’ve shown what we are capable of especially today by beating the champions.

“We know that when we have the nucleus of our squad out on the pitch we can be a match for anyone.

“Anyone can beat anyone in this league, but if we can get a run of results under our belts we can really push on and we’ll not be too far away from where we want to be.

“It’s all about getting that consistency. We showed a few weeks back by winning four or five games on the bounced and that really shot us up the table.

“We should be aiming for the top six and that’s not beyond our grasp at all.

“I thought we played very well today. We worked very hard. Our performance in the first half especially was very good. Cliftonville came at us in the second, we knew they would what with them being champions and being such a good side.We knew they wouldn’t like down easily.

“We knew what we had to do in the second half and we continued to work hard for each other. ‘Doc’ pulled off a couple of great saves.

“It wasn’t just a case of us holding on. We had a few chances on the counter to score and we created a number of good chances.

“I just couldn’t get the goal. I thought I was going to get one just before I came off but I cramped up just before I hit it...well that’s my excuse anyway and I’m sticking to it.

“I just cut in on my left foot and the shot was on for my right, unfortunately I put it over the bar. To be fair I should have scored.”