Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Mukendi’s making his mark at other end

When you look at Coleraine’s top scorers list for the season the usual suspects are up there.

Leon Knight, Darren Boyce and David Scullion lead the way but the fourth hit-man on the list is a man more renowned for stopping goals rather then banging them in.

Marc Mukendi’s future at the Showgrounds looked bleak when he fell out of former manager David Platt’s plans, but the arrival of Oran Kearney at Ballycastle Road has not just revitalised the Bannsiders but the Drumahoe man’s fortunes too.

Mukendi has six goals to his credit, one of them coming against derby rivals Ballymena United at the start of Kearney’s reign, and his boss would love another one from his secret weapon as the teams lock horns again tonight at the Coleraine Showgrounds (7.45pm).

“He’s not so secret now, but we’ve laid our cards on the table — that’s him and try and deal with him,” Kearney explained.

“I’m sure teams can come up with all sorts of strategies to deal with him and it is obvious what his strengths are and sometimes they’re very hard to deal with.

“At this moment in time we’re getting success out of him and he’s taken an awful lot of weight on his shoulders being up there.

“He’s taking a lot of knocks but he’s allowing other players to get into the game and he’s been fantastic and long may it last.”

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