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Kearney aware of Carrick’s turnaround

COLERAINE make the trip to Carrick Rangers this evening with boss Oran Kearney acknowledging the recent good run of form from the Amber Army (KO 7:45pm)…

Danske Bank Premiership

Overview:

Coleraine made it ten games unbeaten last weekend as they secured a goalless draw against Linfield at Windsor Park. That result means Oran Kearney’s men remain in fourth spot in the table. There was also a boost as Stephen O’Donnell, Aaron Jarvis, Eoin Bradley and Matthew Shevlin all returned to the matchday panel.

Carrick have been in good form as late but will be disappointed to lose against Glenavon last time out. It would prove to be a goal fest as the Lurgan Blues edged the contest 4-3 in East Antrim. The Amber Army have been busy in the January transfer window with the arrivals of Cathair Friel, Jordan Jenkins, Corey McMullan, plus several others.

Previous meetings:

The last game between the two sides was back in January 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:

“You must pay credit to Niall Currie because they had a tough start to the season, a bit like us, but they have dug in and found a way to start being competitive and winning games,” Kearney said.

“They are probably in the best form they have been all season and their results over the last five or six games is as good as anybody in the league.

“We know how tough it is to go there, we always have a battle against them and Tuesday night will be no different.”

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).