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COLERAINE and Larne will lock horns in the Irish Cup for a third successive year as the Bannsiders make the trip to Inver Park this evening (KO 7:45pm)…

Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup Quarter-Final

Overview:

The Bannsiders come into the fixture in excellent form after earning their sixth successive win in all competitions last weekend. A brace from Aaron Canning in the first-half, added to strikes from Stephen O’Donnell and Josh Carson sealed a 4-0 win against Institute at The Brandywell.

Larne have made a brilliant start to 2020 and a recent defeat to Crusaders is the only blot on their form book so far. They will be buoyed by their late 1-0 win against Warrenpoint Town last time out.

Recent meetings:

This will be third time the two clubs have clashed this season and there is very little to choose between them. The first fixture in September ended in a goalless draw at The Showgrounds.

In December, the Bannsiders travelled to Inver Park and trailed to an early goal from Davy McDaid, but they turned the game on its head to lead at the break via strikes from Eoin Bradley and Josh Carson. Despite having chances to earn the win, the visitors would be thwarted as Mark Randall earned Tiernan Lynch’s side a share of the spoils.

Remarkably, this is the third year in a row that Coleraine and Larne have been paired in Irish Cup action as the Bannsiders celebrated a 3-1 win in 2018, before staging a remarkable comeback to register a 5-3 success last year.

Manager’s Thoughts:

“We seem to be going from one big game to the next,” Kearney said.

“We can park the league for a few days now and look forward to a big encounter there under the lights.

“It seems to be that the two teams are destined for each other in the Irish Cup in the last few years and there’s been some big games.

“They are flying at the minute, think they have won eight or nine games on the bounce, so it’s important we get a big, big performance.

“We have enjoyed the League Cup success and it’s been well documented the excitement that the Irish Cup two years ago brought to the area, so the players are hungry for that and know what it’s about.”

Admission:

Supporters are advised that they will require a ticket to enter the ground.

The match will be broadcast live on BBC Two NI, online and via the Red Button.

As ever, those unable to attend can follow the latest developments from the fixture via the club’s official Twitter account (@ColeraineFC).

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