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Dooley has role to play: Quinn

Published 01/04/2008

Coleraine's semi-final hero Stephen Dooley hasn't given manager Marty Quinn a selection problem ahead of tonight's replay against Donegal Celtic.

Dooley rescued the Bannsiders on Saturday when he struck a late equaliser, just when it looked like DC were going to progress into the final against Linfield.

Quinn confirmed last night that the 16-year-old will feature at the Ballymena Showgrounds this evening when the teams meet for the second time.

In terms of picking his team, however, Quinn is happy to have a poser.

"There is no selection headache for me," said Quinn.

"A boy with the kind of enthusiasm and quality that Stephen Dooley possesses isn't a headache and I just wish that I had another ten like him.

"People have asked me if Stephen's goal means that he will play in the replay. My answer is yes, he will feature, but at what stage I have yet to decide."

Coleraine were six minutes away from a cup exit before Dooley struck the all important goal.

Quinn isn't claiming any great plaudits for an inspired substitution though, simply relief.

"Semi-finals are usually a place for experience and I went for experience on Saturday," said Quinn.

"That was until I decided I needed to make a change and throw Stephen Dooley on and thank God I did after what he came up with.

"Not only was it an important goal, it was also a great finish.

"For a young lad of only 16-years-old to keep a cool head like that was tremendous and there aren't many players who have the ability to finish like that."

And Quinn is warning that there is more where Dooley came from, with a strong youth system at the Showgrounds bearing fruit.

"I think everyone is aware of Howard Beverland and the potential that he possess and now people are taking notice of Stephen Dooley," said Quinn.

"There are more coming through underneath them as well.

"There is a good production line of young players progressing well at the club and that bodes well for the future of Coleraine.

"I was at the game a couple of weeks ago when the reserves beat Linfield Swifts 3-1. Not many teams do that and our boys really tore them apart."

Quinn called his players in for a light training session last night and he had added some firepower to his squad from Saturday, with Damien Whitehead and Gordon Patton being called in.

Injury doubt Marty Hunter is expected to be fit to play, but Beverland is almost certainly out of the game.

"I brought the players in to work on a couple of things," said Quinn.

"I thought our set-pieces on Saturday were poor and they are always something you need to have in your armoury.

"We didn't play well either and the performance must improve.

"It wasn't until the last 20 minutes that we showed confidence on the ball and hopefully the nerves have gone."

Belfast Telegraph

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