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Coleraine capable of making top six: Kearney

By Gordon Hanna

Glenavon 3 Ards 1: Oran Kearney has set his Coleraine players the challenge of pipping derby rivals Ballymena United for a place in the top six when the Danske Bank Premiership splits next month.

Given that the Sky Blues are currently 12 points better off than the Bannsiders that may sound like a big ask, but after collecting seven points in their last three games and with a match in hand, which comes at home to Ballinamallard United tonight, Kearney believes a late run into the top half of the table is within his team's reach.

"We have to kick on now and keep reeling in the teams above us; sixth place is still a very real possibility for us," said Kearney, who also faces Ballymena in their next league game on Saturday week.

"We are targeting Ballymena and hopefully when we play them next we will be within touching distance."

Coleraine's last two league outings have been postponed, but Kearney has taken the positives from that as he builds towards what he hopes will be a strong finish to the campaign.

"It has been a frustrating time over the last week or so with the games being called off but what can you do, it's one of those things," he said.

"Unfortunately it means the suspensions have caught up with us, but we'll just have to deal with it. The postponements have allowed us to get a few niggles cleared up in the squad."

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The Northern Ireland Football League has confirmed new dates for three postponed Premiership matches.

Ballinamallard United's home game against Crusaders, which was postponed last Saturday, will be played next Tuesday, February 11.

There will be two matches on Monday February 17, with Crusaders hosting Glentoran and Glenavon travelling to Linfield.

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