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Change is as good as a rest for Quinn

By Stuart McKinley

Published 26/04/2008

The cottonwool will come out at the Coleraine Showgrounds this afternoon as manager Marty Quinn plans for next Saturday's Irish Cup final against Linfield.

The home dressing room resembled a scene out of Casualty after last weekend's win over Armagh City, with injuries starting to pile up ahead of the decider.

With that in mind no risks whatsoever will be taken on the fitness of any player when the Bannsiders face last season's beaten finalists Dungannon Swifts this afternoon, with more first-team regulars either on the bench or in the stand than on the pitch.

"Davy O'Hare is obviously out and it will be a late decision on him for the cup final," said Quinn.

"Paddy McLaughlin, Jody Tolan, Howard Beverland and Stephen Carson won't be in the starting 11 either.

"Ryan McLaughlin will probably start, Alan Ewart, Trevor Hutchinson and Damien Whitehead will all be included and Laurence McCormick will continue in goal in place of O'Hare.

"As far as the fitness of players for the cup final goes I am hoping everyone will be available other than Darren Cassidy."

Although Quinn is placing next Saturday's game at the top of his priority list, he is still looking for a maximum points return today.

"It would be nice to finish with a home win and also to go into the Irish Cup final on a winning note," said Quinn.

"We also lost heavily at Dungannon earlier in the season so we'll be trying to avenge that result."

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