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Coleraine are hungry to end long wait for coveted league title, says Gareth Deane

Coleraine 2-1 Warrenpoint Town

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Gareth Deane

Coleraine goalkeeper Gareth Deane admits the Bannsiders are 'hungry' to land a first Gibson Cup title since 1974.

Oran Kearney's men moved up to second in the Danske Bank Premiership as a second successive brace from Curtis Allen edged out Warrenpoint Town at The Showgrounds.

Allen scored both in the first 20 minutes and although the visitors halved the deficit through a smart finish from Fra McCaffrey on the half hour, they were left thwarted in their efforts to leave with a point as Gareth Deane produced two world class saves to deny Adam Carroll and Brandon Doyle in the second-half.

After winning three league titles with Linfield, shot stopper Deane has his eyes set on a fourth with his new employers.

"I know what winning the league would mean to this town and the boys in the changing room and we are hungry to do that," he said.

"I know November wasn't where we wanted to be, after the European games we played, but I think we've knuckled down now and it shows the character in the changing room to rise up the table.

"I left Linfield where there's a big expectation to win trophies but I've come here and it's exactly the same.

"Warrenpoint came here with a good game plan as they're no dozers, they're always strong and they're always physical.

"It's like any team down there now - there's no pressure on them in terms of relegation."

Town boss Barry Gray confirmed that on-loan winger Thomas Maguire has broken his leg but believes his players can take the positives out of the defeat.

"You have to give teams a lead! Where would the fun be in a season with no relegation if we didn't make it entertaining for people?" he joked.

"I thought our performance today was much better than the last time we were here.

"I said to the players that it's not so much whether we won or lost, we have to look at the details of how we managed the game.

"Apart from a 20 minute spell, I thought we did quite well.

"We had high hopes that Thomas would bed in quickly, it's one of those things, it was just a pure fluke accident.

"Unfortunately for him, forgetting about us, he was coming to get substantial game time between now and the end of the season, but now it looks like he's not going to get anything."

COLERAINE: Deane, Canning, Lowry, Carson, Wilson, McConaghie, Tweed, Parkhill, Glackin (Doherty '73 mins), Allen (Nixon '66 mins), Shevlin (Bradley '66 mins); Subs Not Used: Gallagher (GK), Jarvis, Beverland, Brennan.

WARRENPOINT TOWN: Sava, Deasy, Ball, McVeigh, Dillon (O'Sullivan '79 mins), O'Connor (Carroll '64 mins), McCaffrey, Swan (Evans '64 mins), Hutchinson, Byrne, Doyle. Subs Not Used: Coleman (GK), Mullen, Cowan, Forsythe.

Referee: Ian McNabb

Man of the Match: Gareth Deane

Match Rating: 6/10.

Belfast Telegraph


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