Match Reaction

No dwelling on the defeat, says Lowry

COLERAINE midfielder Stephen Lowry insists the Bannsiders have no time to dwell on last night’s defeat to Crusaders…

The Bannsiders would leave Seaview empty handed as Stephen’s brother, Philip, scored the only goal of the contest on 26 minutes.

The visitors would create plenty of chances throughout the 90 minutes but a combination of poor finishing and an inspired performance by Johnny Tuffey meant Coleraine couldn’t find the back of the net.

“We are all disappointed,” Lowry told Coleraine TV after the game.

“We came out on the wrong side of a tight game which didn’t have an awful lot in it.

“I thought we created a lot of chances, probably five or six clear cut ones and on another night we could have won the game.

“We are disappointed, it’s just kind of like the story of our season in relation to it hasn’t clicked for us at times, but we know there’s a lot to play for and we have a Cup final on Sunday.

“We aren’t going to get too downhearted about it, we are a bunch of big boys and we will move on and prepare for Sunday.”

Lowry was partnered by 17-year-old Patrick Kelly in the heart of the midfield yet again and the elder statesman acknowledged that the youth graduate has what it takes to make it in the game.

“He’s a brilliant lad,” he added.

“He hasn’t looked out of place one bit and since he’s came in, he’s been fantastic and if he can learn anything off me then brilliant.

“He’s his own man, he’s confident and he’s going to have a great future in the game.

“It’s important that we enjoy him whilst he’s here as he’s going to play a lot of games as he’s physically ready.

“We will look after him at Coleraine and I’m sure he will have a great career.”

The Stripes face Cliftonville in the BetMcLean League Cup final on Sunday and Lowry knows that he and his team-mates still have plenty to play for between now and the end of the campaign.

Despite losing their most recent game against the Reds, Lowry believes the Stripes have what it takes to secure a memorable result and highlighted the importance of a strong vocal backing.

“We are going to try and be as positive as we can,” he continued.

“I’m long enough in the tooth now, I’ve had seasons like this before and they hurt, but at the same time, it’s part of football and you can’t have the same type of seasons every year.

“I’m not saying we have been punching above our weight in recent years as we expect to be there, but at the same time, these things happen in football and we are where we are.

“We still have a lot to play for, we aren’t going to dwell on past results, we have a Cup final on Sunday which is great and something to look forward to.

“We aren’t going there to make up the numbers and we proved against Cliftonville last week that we can more than hold our own.

“We are going to give it our best and if we turn up, we will more than give them a game.

“It will be an amazing occasion.

“We know how good our supporters have been in previous finals and Coleraine have had a good pedigree in cup competitions in recent years.

“To be honest, the fans have been fantastic this season, the home support has been amazing, so we want to repay them as we know it has been difficult at times.

“I’m sure the fans are looking forward to a day out and I hope we can make it an even more memorable day by bringing the trophy home.”