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Coleraine target top four: Lowry

By Graham Luney

Stephen Lowry says Coleraine can seal a top four finish in the Danske Bank Premiership this season.

The midfielder expects Cliftonville and Linfield to battle it out for the league title but he feels the other two spots are up for grabs.

Lowry, who rejected a move to Linfield in the summer, drilled in a stunning strike against Portadown last weekend but both sides shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.

That result made it two stalemates on the bounce for Oran Kearney's men after they held Glentoran 1-1 at the Oval.

Coleraine go looking for their first win against Glenavon at Mourneview Park tonight (7.45pm) and Lowry feels his side must start strongly to see off the Lurgan Blues threat.

"In both our matches we have come from behind and you cannot keep doing that," said the 26-year-old.

"We have finished strongly in matches but I think Glenavon have signed very well and they have a strong physical presence. If they start on top and go a goal in front it will be very difficult against them.

"Guy Bates is a real handful and they have a really good strikeforce but will look to break them down and get the win.

"I honestly feel this Coleraine team can finish in the top three or four places.

"Cliftonville and Linfield will fight it out for the league and the rest of us are aiming to finish as high as we can in the top six.

"Carsy (Stephen Carson) coming back is a huge boost for us but I think he's still working towards full fitness."

Lowry is feeling the love in the north-west after rejecting Linfield's advances in the summer.

"Everyone keeps asking me if I have any regrets but it's a decision I made for a reason and I just felt I wanted to keep playing for Coleraine," he said.

"It was nice to know a club like Linfield was interested in me but I'm comfortable working and playing in the north-west."

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