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Oran Kearne still eyeing top six spot for Coleraine

By Stuart McKinley

Oran Kearney last night declared that a top six finish would mean a successful season for Coleraine, no matter whether they win the IRN-BRU League Cup or not.

The Bannsiders boss was forced to cut his wage bill by a massive 40% in the summer, while two of his main players, Stephen Carson and Darren Boyce, left for Glentoran.

Despite those factors working against him Kearney's team currently sit fourth in the Carling Premiership and have that League Cup final date with Crusaders to look forward to next month.

More immediate, however, is the return of Boyce and Carson to the Showgrounds tonight, with the Bannsiders looking to extend a seven-match unbeaten run, which has brought six wins.

"It's nice to be able to look at the league table and see ourselves in the top four," said Kearney.

"The goal has always been to finish in the top six after finishing second last season.

"We are slightly ahead of ourselves in terms of that right now, which is good because you never know what's around the corner in football.

"If we are to show any progress from last season then we have to finish in the top six and if we do that it would be a success - particularly after our budget was reduced by 40% this season."

In contrast to Coleraine the Glens have now won just once in their last six outings, after previously being undefeated in 10 games.

"I don't think it matters what kind of form Glentoran are in approaching any game, Scott Young has a strong squad and great deal of determination so they will be dangerous, as they always are," said Kearney.

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