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Déjà vu

COLERAINE and Carrick Rangers will play each other for the second time in seven days as the Bannsiders make the trip to East Antrim tomorrow afternoon (KO 3pm)…

Danske Bank Premiership

Overview:

The Bannsiders come into the fixture on the back of three successive wins against Warrenpoint Town, Cliftonville and Carrick Rangers. Those victories mean Oran Kearney’s men currently sit in 6th spot in the table ahead of tomorrow’s visit to the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena. The Stripes know they won’t be in action next weekend as the game against Linfield has been called off in line with NIFL’s Covid Case policy.

Carrick will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Coleraine as Niall Currie’s side remained bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership. The Amber Army were able to give a competitive debut to Corey McMullan last weekend but Alexander Gawne once again misses out due to being on loan.

Previous meetings:

You only have to go back seven days for the last competitive meeting between the two sides and it would prove to be a tale of two penalties. In a lacklustre first-half, the Amber Army would be awarded a spot kick as Jordan Gibson went to ground under the challenge of Lyndon Kane. However, Caolan Loughran’s spot kick was expertly saved by Gareth Deane.

After the break, Coleraine would take the lead through a penalty of their own as Ben Doherty converted from 12 yards, before Stewart Nixon headed home against his former employers after a strong run and cross by Jamie Glackin. The three points were sealed late on as Eoin Bradley stabbed home on the goal line for his 50th goal in Coleraine colours.

Manager’s Thoughts:

“It is rather unusual facing the same team two weeks in a row but that’s the position we find ourselves in,” Kearney said.

“The last month or two has hurt us badly and with that we’ve very much shortened down our targets.

“We’re now sitting at three on the bounce and that target this weekend will be the same.

“We want to go and try and get another win and stay unbeaten for four games.

“Any time we play Carrick we know exactly what we’re going to get as Niall has them well organised and I’m expecting the same tomorrow.”

Admission:

Supporters are not permitted inside the stadium due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However, the fixture will be shown live and can be purchased HERE

A full instructions of the stream can be read HERE

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