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Bannsiders buoyed for cup crack: McCauley

By Keith Thomas

Published 29/08/2016

In form: Darren McCauley scored against Glentoran on Friday night
In form: Darren McCauley scored against Glentoran on Friday night

Coleraine have unfinished business in the League Cup.

Knocked out by Ards on penalties in last season's semi-final was a painful experience and no-one at the Showgrounds wants a repeat performance tomorrow night when neighbours Limavady United come calling.

Midfielder Darren McCauley said: "That was a night which is not easy to forget.

"It caused a lot of hurt for us, the manager and everyone around the club. We owe it to our fans to make sure we give it everything this season."

McCauley was instrumental in the 4-1 dismantling of Glentoran in Friday night's one-sided league game and now boss Oran Kearney - who has added striker Jordan Allan on loan from from Derry City until January -hopes for more of the same.

"I know their manager Paul Owens well and he will have his players geared up to make it tough for us," he said. "However, we have the capabilities to succeed if we apply ourselves as well as we did against Crusaders and Glentoran in recent games."

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey, meanwhile, felt that Friday's 4-1 victory over Carrick Rangers was the fruits of his side's labour paying off.

Goals from Allan Jenkins, Cathair Friel, Johnny McMurray and Conor McCloskey secured a much wanted victory for the Sky Blues.

"I was very pleased with the win," said Jeffrey. "I was frustrated with last week because there was so much of our game that was very good and positive but the reality was that we gave silly free kicks away and that we defended dreadfully.

"That was the emphasis in training this week and the message to the players because the players worked tremendously hard in pre-season.

"You ask them and they'll go through brick walls, they'd go through 10 brick walls, build them back up and go through them again. Their attitude is first class."

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