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Glenavon setting sights high after Coleraine win

Glenavon 3-0 Coleraine

By David Mason

Published 14/09/2015

In battle: Eoin Bradley and Adam Mullan fight for the ball
In battle: Eoin Bradley and Adam Mullan fight for the ball

Striker Eoin Bradley admits Glenavon have a big act to follow in the Danske Bank Premiership - but they are up for the challenge.

The Lurgan Blues turned up the heat with a commanding win against a youthful Coleraine side, with goals from Andy Hall, Rhys Marshall and substitute Andy McGrory sending the Mourneview Park fans home happy.

Following their third-place finish last season, Bradley insists Gary Hamilton's boys can push on to even better things.

"It's a tall order to follow, but why not?" said Bradley. "It would be a great achievement if we were to get into the top three again at the end of the season.

"We've strengthened the squad. A top-six place is now a must, so there is no reason why we can't be up there. But this is a tough league. We take one game at a time. We haven't set any targets, we go out to win every match.

"We've got a game in hand (against Portadown), so we can improve on our position."

Bradley, who tormented the Coleraine defence all afternoon, states the Lurgan Blues must now build on their first home win of the campaign.

"We had a bit of bad luck in a couple of home games," he added. "We've had a few good results on the road. But we are training well and working hard so it's no surprise it all came together for us against Coleraine.

"It was our first home win of the season, so scoring three goals and keeping a clean sheet is a great boost. We now go into the League Cup game in midweek (at home to Annagh United) and then go to Carrick after that. We've Portadown and Linfield on the horizon, so we've a few big games coming up."

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney admitted the occasion was just too much for his kids.

"It was a culture lesson," he said. "We knew what we were coming to. Gary (Hamilton) has a load of good experienced players, we are probably at the other end of the spectrum.

"It showed at times. Although we huffed and puffed, I just don't think we did enough.

"We had six teenagers on the pitch due to our injury problems. It's a learning curve for them."

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Neill, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Marshall, Cooper, Bradley (McGrory, 89 mins), Hall, Dillon, Braniff (Hamilton, 81 mins), Singleton. Unused subs: Kelly, Patton, Sykes.

COLERAINE: Doherty, Beverland, Mullan, Ogilby (Law, 36 mins), Harkin, Brown, Canning (McCauley, 79 mins), McLaughlin, Lyons (Parkhill, 73 mins), Kane, McGonigle. Unused subs: Morrow, Watt.

Man of the match: Eoin Bradley (right)

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Evan Boyce (Ballygowan)

Belfast Telegraph

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