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Coleraine have shown quality but there's still more to come, says Lowry

 

Windsor win: Stephen Lowry (right) battles with Linfield’s Joel Cooper
Windsor win: Stephen Lowry (right) battles with Linfield’s Joel Cooper

By Graham Luney

Coleraine midfielder Stephen Lowry says his side have already proved they can rattle the cages of the big guns this season.

The Bannsiders are buzzing after celebrating a 4-2 victory at Windsor Park last weekend and even though boss Oran Kearney suggested it was a good time to take on David Healy's Linfield, any win at the home of the champions is sure to lift confidence.

It was a performance that suggested the men from the north west could be back in business but former Linfield favourite Lowry knows there is plenty of room for improvement.

The battle for a top-six spot, never mind the European places and title glory, is fierce but at least Coleraine have shown they can pack a big punch.

Ahead of his side's home clash with Institute today, Lowry is quietly confident the Bannsiders - who have confirmed the departure of Aaron Burns - can build on their first victory of the campaign.

"It was a really enjoyable win," admitted the 32-year-old. "I think we were a bit fearful going into it because we had drawn the two games before and it's always a bit sickening when you concede a late goal.

"If we didn't win on Saturday we would be thinking it's a bad start to the season after playing so well.

"There was a spell when Linfield scored the second and we could have wobbled but we held on well and managed to get the fourth goal.

"I know Oran said Linfield might have been a bit vulnerable during the European games but you can never be confident a Blues team is there for the taking. The European games are a bonus to clubs, the league title is still the main objective for Linfield and you always expect a tough game against them.

"The league is the bread and butter for them. David (Healy) had changed the team a bit and sometimes players don't have their best days. Their attacking players didn't cause us too many problems so it might have been a good time to play them but we went there and won last year.

"We are delighted with the points from a tough venue."

Lowry still feels the squad is a work in progress and there is more to come from the Bannsiders.

"Last season there was a lot of expectation on Coleraine and we didn't deliver," he added.

"People are playing down our chances now and I know if we can stay fit we are more than a match for anyone on our day.

"The squad isn't massive but Oran likes it that way. Hopefully we can keep our best players on the pitch and have a settled team. I'm quietly confident we can have a good season.

"It was three tough games in a week but we showed we can be competitive.

"You can never take anything for granted in this league but our confidence is up and it's always nice to be scoring goals. Eoin Bradley is leading the line well."

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