Coleraine 3 Institute 1
Laurence McCormick is standing by for another tour of duty with Coleraine.
The Showgrounds reserve keeper stepped in for the injured Davy O’Hare in Saturday’s 3-1 derby win over Institute and is ready, willing and able for a repeat performance at Newry City tomorrow night.
O’Hare injured a shoulder in training and had to make way for his understudy who rarely sees action in the first team.
Manager David Platt says: “Davy has a phenomenal record of appearances for Coleraine and seldom misses a game but he had to make way on Saturday and Laurence had a solid game.
“We will wait until Tuesday to see if Davy has recovered but needless to say we won’t be taking any risks.”
O’Hare, in his second spell at the club, is Coleraine’s longest serving player with 468 appearances. In contrast, McCormick’s outing against ‘Stute was his 22nd.
The patient keeper, who turned 23 last month, was only beaten once as Coleraine finally turned a corner following four successive defeats in the Carling Premiership.
Platt is looking forward to the trip to Newry City, where Coleraine recorded an impressive 3-0 success a year ago.
“We had beat them in all three matches last season but that means nothing now. Newry have improved and are dangerous up front.
“This will be another test for us but we are lifted by our result against Institute. Up to that we had been playing well but not winning.”
Platt is relieved that Rory Patterson is back on the goal trail again.
The striker, who scored four goals in his opening three games, had failed to register in the last four. Institute keeper Gavin Cullen saved his first half penalty on Saturday but Patterson plundered a late goal after Jody Tolan and Gareth Tommons had also found the net.
Platt said: “When Rory had that penalty was saved I thought it was going to be another one of those days when nothing would go right for him but he bounced back with a gutsy performance to lift us back on track.”