SINCE the dust has settled on Coleraine’s Tennent’s Irish Cup success, colerainefc.com caught up with Lyndon Kane to gather his thoughts…
Bank holiday weekend in May 2018 will be one that which lives on in the memory of both players, fans and management alike for years to come.
A heroic display on the pitch allowed the Bannsiders to break the duct and end their 15 year wait for a trophy, something which Kane admits was not all plain sailing.
“I was probably more nervous watching than I would have been if I was playing but I’m glad the boys could get the job done,” he said.
“Everyone is just delighted to get over the line. I always wanted to play for Coleraine but now I’m an Irish Cup winner as well and it’s something I’ve always dreamt of.”
“It’s been one heck of a party but I think we all deserved it after a long hard season,” added Kane.
The youngster played a pivotal role in ensuring the Stripes’ place in the final – who could forget that strike against Larne – something which Kane takes great pride in.
“It broke my heart to miss the final and I knew as soon as I went down against Linfield it was the same injury as before, I felt the same pain and I knew then my season was over.”
“I sobbed that night and picked myself back up because I was still part of the changing room but I’m glad I scored in the semi-final and played my part in our success,” Kane said.
Often described as, ‘the sleeping Giant,’ the Bannsiders had many years of hardship to get to where they are now and that winning feeling is something which Kane admits he wants to experience more of.
“Winning the cup will drive everyone on to go and do something like this again,” said Kane.
“We don’t want to be a team that wins a trophy every few years, we want to compete for every trophy and I think winning the Irish Cup meant a lot to the players and I feel we can carry this on.”
“Personally I want to say I’ve played in an Irish Cup Final and won it because I missed out this year so I’ve definitely got my sights set on winning more trophies at this club.”
“You can see what it means to the fans and the whole town as well the support has been fantastic and it gives us a great buzz as players,” he added.
As the players and management dust themselves down before another gruelling pre-season the defender is hopeful of being involved in the club’s European campaign.
“I’m hoping to be back, I got a bone stimulator a few weeks ago which is meant to speed up the healing process.”
“We’re trying everything to try and help the recovery process I have another appointment with the consultant soon so I’m hoping for positive news and then we can take it from there.”