PREVIEW: Kearney hoping for some consistency

Oran Kearney
Oran Kearney

COLERAINE boss Oran kearney is looking for a bit of consistency ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) visit by Glentoran.

Kearney is still attempting to come to terms at how his team tossed away two points against rivals Ballymena last week -- after roaring into a 2-0 lead!

He said: “There were many plus points to take from the game, in spite of the fact that we threw away a two goal lead.

“We were reasonably comfortable, so we have to be disappointed at conceding two goals form set piece situations.

“But even after that, we had some good spells. We are like a lot of Irish League teams . . . we are striving for that little bit of consistency.

“Linfield have been consistent over the last seven or eight games and look what has happened to them. They have gone from bottom to the top of the table.

“The reality is if you win four or five on the bounce, you’ll be up there with the leaders.”

Kearney is now primed for what is sure to be another tasty affair against the Glens.

“They are coming to us off the back of a few decent results,” he added. “Eddie Patterson has them playing a good brand of football.

“In many ways, they are like ourselves . . . they are lacking that week bit of consistency.

“It has all the makings of a tight league this season, which is great for the neutral.

“Only 10 points separates the top nine clubs, so it’s important to put a few good results together, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

“So we are aiming to get as many points as we can.”

Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson admits the Coleraine Showgrounds is a notoriously difficult venue to visit -- but it’s even more daunting with a skeleton squad.

Patterson will be down to the ‘bare bones’ for tomorrow’s crucial Danske Bank Premiership clash at Ballycastle Road, with a posse of players in the sick bay.

“I may be forced to include a number of young lads that have never been near the first team before,” said Patterson.

“But that’s the problems you face with working with a small panel of players.”

Defender Calum Birney is suspended, while Jay Magee, Aaron Boyd, Mark Miskimmin are all being treated for injury.

To make matters worse, Jimmy Callacher didn’t train this week due to illness.

“It’s never an easy place to go,” adds Patterson, who has never tasted victory at the North West venue since taking over the Oval hot-seat.

“We’ve hit a little bit of form with two league wins against Dungannon and Warrenpoint and a good display against Linfield in the League Cup, so it’s important to keep the momentum going. But injuries and suspensions are part and parcel of the game.

“Jay will not make it . . . he sustained a hamstring injury against Dungannon. Boyd aggravated his hamstring problem last week, while Miskimmin didn’t train this week, neither did Callacher.”


Recent P’ship form: Coleraine D-W-L-W-L; Glentoran W-W-L-D-L

Last four meetings: Glentoran 1 Coleraine 1; Glentoran 1 Coleraine 1; Coleraine 1 Glentoran 1; Coleraine 1 Glentoran 0