Oran Kearney giving Coleraine youth chance to shine in Limavady United clash in North West Cup
Oran Kearney will give Coleraine fans a further glimpse into the club's future when they face Limavady United in the North West Cup final this evening.
Teenage duo Lydon Kane and Brad Lyons, along with 20-year-old Adam Mullan, have become regulars in the first-team squad over the last 12 months, but they will give way to other young stars for the clash at the Showgrounds.
For Kearney, it is an opportunity to continue developing youth at the club and it is a plan that has served him well, with the Bannsiders currently sitting fourth in the Danske Bank Premiership table, just four points behind leaders Linfield.
Andy Findlay, Glenn Law, Lee Lindsay and Garth Falconer are all likely to play tonight and those youngsters will be joined by experienced campaigner Ruaidhri Higgins, who is on his way back from injury.
"I have used the North West Cup in the past to give experience to young players and some of those boys are now important members of our first team," said Kearney.
"It is something that I will continue to do. It gives them a taste of a real fixture, if you like, and it also lets us see how they cope in that kind of environment."
Limavady top Championship 2 and the only game they have lost this season was against Ballymena United in the League Cup.
Former Coleraine and Linfield striker Rory Patterson is set to sign for FC United of Manchester after returning from a spell in Australia with Cockburn City.
Patterson previously played for the club between 2005 and 2008 and is still their record goalscorer.