Cliftonville may be sitting at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership but a man who struggled to contain the Linfield juggernaut on Saturday believes that the Gibson Cup won’t be leaving Windsor Park.
Coleraine defender Howard Beverland couldn’t stop his side crashing to a 5-2 defeat on Saturday.
Beverland, who has won his club’s website’s Player of the Year award for the last two seasons, is tipping Linfield to finish top of the pile yet again.
“My gut feeling is that Linfield will be champions,” said Beverland. “I think if you asked 10 people, nine of them would probably say the same thing.
“Linfield know how to get across the line and they have the players to do it. Cliftonville have got themselves out in front but I have to go with Linfield.
“Other teams have good squads but Linfield have real quality and depth in their squad. I’m not surprised to see them coming on strong now.”
Beverland admitted Coleraine were well beaten by the champions on Saturday.
“We needed to stay compact but we’ll hold our hands up and accept we didn’t do our jobs right,” he added.
“The early goals gave them a massive lift but we’ll dust ourselves down and look forward to another Irish Cup adventure.”
New Coleraine signing Jamie Tomelty has expressed his delight at moving to the Bannsiders, saying: “A couple of clubs, Glenavon and Crusaders had made me firm offers and I’d spoken to Ballymena United, but after speaking with Oran and hearing him outline his vision for the club, I knew straight away that I wanted to come to Coleraine,” Tomelty said.
“I had better offers financially, but Coleraine just felt like the right move for me.”