Belfast Telegraph

McGonigle loving high life with Coleraine

By Alex Mills

Jamie McGonigle believes the only way is up for his high-flying Coleraine team.

Having celebrated his 21st birthday on Sunday - 24 hours after helping his team to a 4-0 Irish Cup win over rivals Ballymena United - the striker insists the best is yet to come.

The Bannsiders, who are already assured of a top-six place in the Danske Bank Premiership, are now 11 games unbeaten and they will be confident of extending that proud record when Glentoran leave their calling card at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds today.

"It's been a fantastic turnaround since the start of the New Year," said McGonigle. "We had a poor December, so we decided to wipe the slate clean at the start of the year - and it has worked."

Although they will be favourites to turn over Gary Haveron's boys, McGonigle insists his team will be taking nothing for granted. He recalled: "I scored the winner at The Oval a few months back. It was a game we totally dominated, it was a 1-0 hammering!

"We know how dangerous Glentoran can be."

McGonigle grabbed two goals last weekend, bringing his tally for the season to 14.

"It was a superb performance," he said. "Every one of the boys played a part. We are looking forward to our semi-final with Glenavon - but that will look after itself when it comes around."

McGonigle says it's no coincidence the improvement in the Bannsiders' form has been complemented by the arrival of striker Eoin Bradley from Glenavon in January.

The 33-year-old is now back to his best after puncturing a lung and breaking ribs after colliding with a post in his third game.

"He's unbelievable," added McGonigle. "His two goals last week proved he is as good as new. Eoin is great to play with."

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