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Ben Doherty eager to keep proving an inspiration for Coleraine

Coleraine's Ben Doherty.
Coleraine's Ben Doherty.

By Steven Beacom

New Coleraine signing Ben Doherty is aiming to continue his stunning start to life with the Bannsiders, though knows all too well tonight's trip to Dungannon is fraught with danger.

Since Doherty joined Rodney McAree's side last month, the midfielder has been in superb form and scored a spectacular opener on Saturday as Coleraine ran out 3-0 winners over Championship side Dergview in the Irish Cup.

The only time Doherty has lost as a Coleraine player was when Dungannon won 2-1 at the Showgrounds in their most recent league fixture.

"On the day, Dungannon were better than us in all departments and wanted it more than us, so we know how tough they will be," admitted Doherty.

Even in that defeat the Coleraine fans were full of praise for the 21-year-old, who started his career at Derry City before having a successful spell on loan at Glenavon.

"I'm enjoying it at Coleraine. I've hit the ground running and long may it continue," he said, adding that the target for his new club at this stage is simply to overtake the team in front of them in the league table.

At the moment that is fourth-placed Glenavon. Victory tonight for Coleraine would move them above the Lurgan Blues.

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It promises to be an emotional night for Coleraine boss McAree, returning to Stangmore Park where he enjoyed many good times as manager.

Current Swifts boss Kris Lindsay is doing a brilliant job too. Dungannon are yet to lose in 2019 and will fancy their chances of maintaining that this evening.

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