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Kearney: Bannsiders eager to avoid more knockout pain

Both Coleraine and Ballinamallard United are promising more fireworks in tomorrow's Irish Cup fifth round battle than they produced at the Showgrounds a week earlier.

Rodney Brown hit the winner on New Year's Day but both sides will move their performance level up a gear at the same venue this weekend. The losers will go home waving farewell to their Irish Cup dream and the Bannsiders have already suffered serious knockout misery this campaign.

"The cup tie will be a different kind of occasion and I know we can rise to meet the challenge - especially as we are still hurting from the way we went out of the League Cup against Ards a few weeks ago," said Coleraine boss Oran Kearney.

"I think the players feel we have something to prove to ourselves in that respect."

Mallards chief Whitey Anderson, who has added Ivan Sproule to his ranks, expects a more determined showing from his troops, saying: "I think we will be even more energised for the next instalment as so much is riding on it now."

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