COLERAINE will hope to defeat Institute for the first time this season as the Bannsiders make the journey to the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium tomorrow afternoon (KO 1pm)…
Danske Bank Premiership
The Bannsiders come into the fixture in joyous form after lifting the BetMcLean League Cup last weekend as James McLaughlin’s second-half header edged out Crusaders at Windsor Park. Furthermore, Oran Kearney’s men have won their last three matches in the Danske Bank Premiership as they currently sit in third spot in the table, seven points behind Linfield with a game in hand. The home side are currently rock bottom of the Premiership table and have failed to register a win in all competitions since beating Coleraine back in November. However, Sean Connor’s troops showed a battling display at Warrenpoint last time out as they twice came from behind to earn a point at Milltown.
The two sides locked horns at The Showgrounds back in August with both sides having to settle for a point as the fixture finished goalless. A first-half red card given to Eoin Bradley would prove to upset the home side who failed to get going against a well-organised Institute side. The Bannsiders’ best chance to earn all three points landed at the feet of Ben Doherty but the midfielder arrowed wide with 10 minutes to go.
In November, Coleraine would pay for a sluggish start to proceedings as they fell behind to Shaun Leppard’s header, before Gareth Brown’s long range effort deceived Coleraine stopper Chris Johns and went into the net as Institute ran out worthy winners.
“Winning the League Cup should be a shot in the arm now to really kick on,” Kearney said.
“I think the group has been in a really good place but the one thing that always gives players confidence is winning.
“You want a greedy bunch of players moving forward.”
Admission has been set at £12 adults, £8 concessions.
Supporters are urged to purchase an E-Ticket before arriving to The Brandywell, with a bus in operation to transport fans to and from the stadium HERE.
As ever, those unable to attend can follow the latest developments from the fixture via the club’s official Twitter account (@ColeraineFC).