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Kearney’s Coleraine kids make big noise

You win nothing with kids is an old adage that has been disproved spectacularly in the past and Oran Kearney is hoping to throw that particular footballing cliche out of the window.



To let another one in right away, though, the Coleraine boss is over the moon at how his fledglings have taken flight this season but is keen to ensure they don’t come crashing to earth with a bump.

A visit to bottom of the table Glenavon, who hit the net 10 times in midweek, is a major banana skin in waiting but Kearney wants his kids to go out and keep on playing the way they have.

“I want to try and keep them down a bit so they don’t go out complacent,” he admitted.

“After the first win there was a noteable change in training and the second one too, and we can see a wee bit of confidence starting to seep in.

“But I’ve said to them it’s a matter of keeping that swagger but making sure it doesn’t go to their heads and ensure that we keep going out and putting in the hard work.”

Leon Knight and Curtis Allen hogged the headlines in last weekend’s 5-1 derby demolition of Ballymena United, but there was a real threat from all over the mark.

“We have an awful lot of quality out there. In midfield we’ve Stephen Lowry, there’s Darren McCauley who’s 19 years of age and played like a 28-year-old out there, and we’ve players like that who are very good on the ball and allow our pace to do damage.

“We’re very young in places. Aaron Canning’s just turned 20, Shane Jennings is 19, Darren McCauley’s 19 but we treat them like everybody else and they have to step up to the mark.”

The next step will come at Mourneview Park tomorrow.

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