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Coleraine keeper O’Hare still waiting on new contract

By Graham Luney

Published 01/04/2010

Coleraine goalkeeper Davy O’Hare has admitted that his future at the Bannsiders is out of his hands.

O’Hare’s hands were in fine working order on Saturday as they helped frustrate Glentoran in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final.

The veteran stopper lifted the ‘man of the match’ award after pulling off a few sensational blocks, with one save to prevent a Michael Hegarty own goal considered as world class.

At the age of 38, O’Hare is in the autumn of his career but his expert reflexes have certainly not been on the wane.

His value to Coleraine was demonstrated with that first-class display in the Cup final but he is out of contract in the summer and although he was the brightest star at Windsor, he remains in the dark about his future in the north-west.

“Sometimes the game can be frustrating,” said O’Hare. “Sometimes you are feeling good but then other times it has been frustrating. I certainly have the ability and fitness to play on but whether I have the appetite next season or a new contract is a different matter.

“I don’t have a contract offer from anyone so we’ll see if that happens. In the next few years players will be replaced and it is important that good players are added to the squad.”

A member of the 2003 Irish Cup winning side, O’Hare is still hoping to inspire his team to another glory day in domestic football’s top knockout competition.

The Bannsiders are awaiting the winners of the Newry City v Loughgall match in the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup — that game was wiped out by the weather on Tuesday night but will now be played tomorrow at the Showgrounds (7.45pm).

The final eight clash will then be played at the Coleraine Showgrounds on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Coleraine’s home clash with Portadown, which also fell victim to the weather on Tuesday, may be played on Saturday.

At present, only two Carling Premiership matches will kick-off on Saturday — Glentoran v Dungannon Swifts and Lisburn Distillery v Institute.

O’Hare, who has made 485 appearances for the Bannsiders, is hungry to grasp that top six spot.

“This is a good footballing team and we just need to keep the momentum going,” added O’Hare. “The boys should still be proud of how they performed on Saturday.

“The next round of the Irish Cup is now very important for us — we want to come back here for another final.

“I know people have praised us for being a very good, attractive attacking side but if we don’t win a League Cup, Irish Cup or get into the top six then where does that leave us? Exciting football means nothing.”

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