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O'Donnell is revelling in his dream start to life at Coleraine


Net gains: Stephen O’Donnell has been finding the target

Net gains: Stephen O’Donnell has been finding the target

Net gains: Stephen O’Donnell has been finding the target

A goalscoring defender is a rare commodity at any level of football let alone in the Irish League.

But it seems that Coleraine might have got their hands on just that sort of animal.

Stephen O'Donnell has already netted two goals in his first three league games for the Bannsiders - the latest a clinical header that proved to be the winner against Crusaders on Saturday afternoon.

Following the 2-1 triumph at Seaview, O'Donnell revealed just how many goals he wants to net by the end of the season.

In the more short-term, he also explained just how well his Bannsiders career has started, having joined from Institute in the close-season.

"The perfect start," he said. "We were down to 10 men in two of those games but the boys dug in, put in three brilliant performances and got three brilliant results."

O'Donnell also spoke of his European dreams and just how he has developed such a knack of finding the net.

You can watch his full interview from 7pm this evening on the Belfast Telegraph Sport Facebook page.

Meanwhile, County Antrim Shield champions Linfield will begin the defence of their title away to Ballyclare Comrades in the first round following last night's draw.

Last year's runners-up Crusaders have been handed a more straightforward tie as they host Donegal Celtic at Seaview, while Ballymena United take on Harland & Wolff Welders.

Knockbreda will travel to Solitude to take on Cliftonville, while Glentoran welcome Crumlin Star to The Oval.

Ards are away to Larne, Carrick Rangers play host to PSNI, while the only tie not to feature a Danske Bank Premiership club sees Dundela face off against Glebe Rangers.

All of the matches are due to take place on Tuesday, September 19.

Belfast Telegraph