Oran Kearney demands graft from Bannsiders against Warrenpoint

Coleraine's Oran Kearney
Coleraine's Oran Kearney

Oran Kearney is demanding another 90 minutes of graft and commitment when struggling Warrenpoint Town visit the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds on Saturday.

The Bannsiders are coming off the back of a great result at Portadown, where they battled back to grab a last-gasp winner through Sammy Morrow.

They are now riding high in fourth position in the Danske Bank Premiership table, having pocketed 16 points form their nine starts. But Kearney is wary of the threat of Warrenpoint, even though they sit firmly in the basement zone.

“With playes like the Hughes brothers around – Daniel, Mark and Stephen – you simply can’t take your eye off the ball,” said the Coleraine boss.

“They beat us in the cup at our place last season. I know what to expect. Every team is capable of beating any other in this league. But it’s important we build on last week’s result – Shamrock Park is never an easy place to go. We showed great character to come back from being a goal down to take all three points, taking into account that we had five teenagers in the team.”

Kearney is hoping that Ruairi Harkin is fully recovered form a hip injury to be included in the squad. Still missing is Ruaidhri Higgins, who is out with a knee ligament injury.

Warrenpoint boss Barry Gray insists his team are beginning to show signs of the form that can lift them off the bottom of the table.

“We were beaten 2-1 by Ballymena last week, but we really could have got something from the game. There were a lot of positives,” Gray said.