Kearney confident Bannsiders can bounce back

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney. Photo by William Cherry
Coleraine manager Oran Kearney. Photo by William Cherry

Oran Kearney will urge his boys to show their character by bouncing back against Glenavon at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds on Saturday.

Coleraine lost for the first time in 13 outings, beaten by Linfield at Windsor Park last week. But Kearney’s message is ‘let’s go again’.

“I remember we ended a great Cliftonville run a few years back – it was something like 15 matches. But they went on another double figure unbeaten run after that. That is now our target.

“We have a really difficult game to get us up and running again. Glenavon are one of the form teams... they are only six points adrift of the second placed team in the table, so we’ll have our work cut out.

“The boys will have no difficulty in getting over last week’s defeat. We’ll take it on the chin and get on with it. Yes, it was disappointing, but all good things come to an end.

“We were aware the danger Linfield can cause from set piece situations. So to lose a goal from a set piece was equally disappointing.”

Glenavon go into the game on the back of a 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers.

Daniel Kearns bagged both goals to bring his tally to five since moving to the Lurgan Blues in October.

Although he has agreed a deal to the end of the season, it’s hardly surprising that other clubs are taking an interest.

“We all know Daniel is a great talent,” said Glenavon coach Bryan McLoughlin. “We would love to keep him at the club. Gary (Hamilton) and Paul (Millar) are working hard really hard to do that.

“Daniel loves Glenavon and we love him. Even in the trying conditions, he showed what he is all about against Carrick. We have a vote for the top player after every training session – Daniel usually gets it.”

McLoughlin also hailed the influence of wonder kid Mark Sykes, who has nailed down a first team shirt in this impressive Glenavon unit.

“He’s a talented young player. He is good on the ball and he is learning how to dig in over the course of a game,” he added.