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Oran Kearney's second decade in charge of Coleraine begins with a very familiar feeling

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Debut delight: Oran Kearney poses for the cameras before his first match as Coleraine boss, a 1-0 win at Ballymena United

Debut delight: Oran Kearney poses for the cameras before his first match as Coleraine boss, a 1-0 win at Ballymena United

Coleraine skipper Lyndon Kane shows what it means to score the winning goal in the derby clash with Ballymena United

Coleraine skipper Lyndon Kane shows what it means to score the winning goal in the derby clash with Ballymena United

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Debut delight: Oran Kearney poses for the cameras before his first match as Coleraine boss, a 1-0 win at Ballymena United

It was a typically murky and miserable Tuesday evening in February 2011 when Oran Kearney took charge of his first game as Coleraine manager.

The Ballymoney native, who was cutting his managerial gnashers at Limavady United, was the man the Bannsiders wanted to revive their fortunes as the team languished perilously close to the lower reaches of the league.

David Platt's services were dispensed with and Kearney took over a team desperately short of confidence, quality, points and, indeed, numbers as they were down to the bare bones.


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