Frustrating day all round for Kearney and the Bannsiders

Stephen Lowry is sent off. PICTURE: Derek Simpson
Stephen Lowry is sent off. PICTURE: Derek Simpson

It was another one of those day for Coleraine on Saturday.

Yet again they came away from an encounter with Ballinmallard United with nothing to show for their efforts.

And to make matters worse they lost influential midfielder Stevie Lowry, who was dismissed late on.

The Limavady man was sent off following an off the ball altercation with David Kee. But as he made his way off the pitch he also spat in the player’s direction. Lowry took to Twitter after the game to apologise and Kearney told Times Sport he has also apologised to Kee.

“I have spoken to Stevie about the incident, it’s not in his nature to be like that, but I think his frustrations got the better of him,” said Kearney.

“He has apologised to both David and Whitey Anderson and they have accepted it.

“It was a frustrating day for us.

“We had enough chances to win the game, but again end up with nothing. We also had a big shout for a penalty waved away.”

The Bannsiders now find themselves dragged into the mix for the dreaded play-off spot.

With no game for two weeks Kearney is determined to have the players focused for the task in hand.

“Saturday’s result has brought us back into that reckoning again,” said Kearney.

“Our next game is against Ballymena, so it would be nice to get a derby result and also give ourselves a bit of breathing space.”

“There’s four games left in the season and they are all big games for us in the context as to how things are developing.

“We need to make sure we focus on the job in hand and do it properly.

“We have four big training sessions to work on things.”

Meanwhile, the club is hosting a ‘Night at the Races’ event on Saturday 5th April.

Following previous, successful Night At The Races events Coleraine FC are again hosting this year’s event at the Coleraine FC Social Club.

The evening commences at 8pm with FREE entry for all.

The Night at the Races evening is a professionally presented event with the emphasis on fun. The fast moving tournament excites guests, bringing them to their feet to cheer their horses home.

Prior to the event races (£25) and individual horses (£5) can be sponsored by contacting the Coleraine FC office (028 7035 3655) or Board member Raymond Smyth.

Races on the night will give everyone the opportunity to be first past the winning post - entrance to a Night At The Races is FREE with a nominal charge for race cards.

The club would encourage a good turnout - from fans, supporters’ clubs and the wider public - for a great night’s craic and an important fundraising event for Coleraine FC

The winning numbers in the Coleraine FC Lotto for Monday 31 March were: 6 - 18 - 19 and 24.

There was no jackpot winners, so next week’s Jackpot will be £3300.

The £50 draw Winner was M Wright, Kingsbury Gardens, Coleraine

The £25 draw winner was H Rankin, 92 Maple Drive, Coleraine.