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Coleraine 3 Glenavon 1

David Ogilby laughs off suggestions that he is in line to take over the goalscoring mantle fellow defender Marc Mukendi is leaving at Coleraine.

Skipper Ogilby helped the Bannsiders on their way to victory over Glenavon with his fifth goal of the season and had another effort ruled out for offside.

“No I’m not pressing for a place up front but I do like to get forward from time to time,” confirms Ogilby whose central defensive partner Mukendi has made the striking role something of a speciality of late.

“My best ever return in a season was nine at Institute and I ended up as the club’s top scorer which was a bit embarrassing as I am a defender!”

Mukendi, soon to depart for a year-long visit to Australia, is just one of several players leaving the Showgrounds at the end of the season. Playmaker Stephen Carson is another while there is growing speculation that Darren Boyce and Leon Knight could also be on their way.

But Ogilby insists new boss Oran Kearney will still have enough quality to make an impression next season.

“Players come and go at clubs. That’s the way of football and we are no different.

“I know Oran has great plans and I suppose he will know better how things stand over the next few weeks.

“Losing Stephen Carson is a blow because he is one of the best players in the local game. I don’t know if Leon and Boyce are staying but that’s down to them.

“Oran will bring in new faces if he has to and he has some exciting young players coming through too.”

Knight, who signed an 18-month contract earlier this year, has always held an option across the water, while Boyce says he is considering Coleraine’s offer to retain his services.

Ogilby adds: “A number of players are playing for new contracts which gives our final few games an edge.

“I’m still in contract and looking forward to next season already but it’s still all about winning as many games as we can.”

Knight underlined his credentials with another two-goal haul against the Lurgan Blues.

Ogilby got the ball rolling though, glanced a header past keeper Patrick Jennings and Knight grabbed his first goal on half-time, before Gary Hamilton netted for Glenavon.

Carson then set up Knight for Coleraine’s third when, despite appeals for offside, the striker charged through and confidently placed his shot home.

Belfast Telegraph