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Coleraine didn't suffer hangover: Kearney

By Stuart McKinley

Oran Kearney has claimed that his Coleraine players weren't still living off the glory of beating champions Cliftonville on live television when they suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday.

The Bannsiders produced an excellent performance to beat the Reds 3-1 in the first live Premiership match of the season last week to end a run of four successive draws.

The come down was quick though, with Dungannon inflicting a 1-0 defeat to go joint second with Portadown and Glenavon – all three of who have 11 points from six games.

"I don't think the performance against Dungannon was a marked step down from the Cliftonville game," said Kearney.

"The difference was that we were clinical at Solitude and took our opportunities. Against Dungannon we didn't do that.

"I stressed the importance of not undoing the good work of Monday night's game and while there wasn't a hangover as such from that game, it just wasn't our day.

"We had a number of good chances in the first half, but without any end product in terms of goals you always leave yourself open to getting hit by a sucker punch."

e ANDREW Johnston has been appointed as Managing Director of the Northern Ireland Football League after carrying out the job in a temporary capacity for the last four months.

Jack Grundie has had to step down as chairman after he was elected as second Deputy President of the Irish FA last week, leaving Brian Adams to take the role on an interim basis.

e ARDS' home game against Glenavon this coming Saturday has been switched to Mourneview Park.

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