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Oran Kearney keeping Coleraine grounded as Bannsiders climb Danske Bank Premiership

Ballinamallard 1-2 Coleraine

By Gareth Cauldwell

Coleraine moved into second place in the Danske Bank Premiership on Friday night thanks to Rodney Brown's cracking 84th minute winner against Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park.

Ian Parkhill had given them the lead before Adam Lecky equalised for Ballinamallard.

The win has thrown the Bannsiders firmly into the mix in the race for the Gibson Cup as they extended their unbeaten run to 13 games, and manager Oran Kearney insists that they will simply continue to take things one game at a time with a trip to Windsor Park next up for high flying Coleraine.

"Our ambition is to win our next game, that's what it was last week and that's what it will be next week," he said. "Sometimes I will look a month ahead or a few games ahead but the boys aren't allowed to look any further ahead than the next game. We'll talk about this one tonight, we'll rest up during the weekend and then we'll go next Saturday and try and get three points at Windsor."

And Kearney stresses that it is the players who deserve all the praise for the current run of form.

"Am I doing anything different? No, I'm not and I'm not going to take plaudits I don't deserve, they have created this and have made it happen," he added.

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Having claimed the Manager of the Month award for October, November has been disappointing for Ballinamallard boss Whitey Anderson, who saw his side slump to a fourth successive league defeat on Friday night.

Missed chances have proved costly in recent weeks and it was the same on Friday night. Jason McCartney somehow fired wide from three yards in the first half while Liam Martin hit the goalkeeper when put through on goal after the break.

Anderson knows his side need to be more clinical with the chances they create.

"It's that wee bit of quality we need in the last third of the pitch but it is not happening for us," he said.

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