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Coleraine players showed mental strength at anxious Showgrounds: Kearney

Coleraine 1-0 Warrenpoint Town

By Jonathan McNabb

Coleraine kept the pressure on leaders Crusaders after a hard fought win over Warrenpoint Town at The Showgrounds.

After missing several gilt edged chances in the first-half, the Bannsiders finally took the lead when Josh Carson's inswinging corner-kick found the back of the net.

The home side should have strengthened their advantage even further, but boss Oran Kearney was happy to take three points regardless.

"Credit to the lads because mental strength is key to keep believing and to keep going," Kearney said.

"Every single person in the crowd from about 20 minutes in thought it had 0-0 written all over it. You could feel the anxiety in the ground, which we probably don't need at this stage of the season.

"So, credit to the lads, they kept going and got the goal, albeit a fortuitous one, but one which I believe, if you work hard then you get lucky.

"I've seen loads of days like this in the past where you get an inspired keeper or shots are going past the post and something like that happens.

"This time next week, no-one will care, it's down as three points, a clean sheet and we move on.

"Our job is to win the next game and if we keep doing that, it is all we can do. It's up to Crusaders what they do."

Oposite number, Matthew Tipton, refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with the Glentoran job next season and was left frustrated with the manner of the goal his side conceded.

"It was a performance that people probably don't expect or associate with my teams," said Tipton.

"We came up here and showed Coleraine the utmost respect and I thought we were disciplined and organised in our defensive play.

"We restricted them to very little today and I'm pleased with that.

"However, I'm disappointed with the goal we conceded as it's from a set piece and two people didn't do their jobs.

"We didn't create an awful lot going forward, but I don't think either team did.

"It wasn't a day for great football if you look at the conditions, the pitch, and it was a wee bit windy."

COLERAINE: Johns, Kane, Harkin, McCauley, Smith (Lyons, 67 mins), Bradley, Carson, McConaghie, O'Donnell, Traynor, McGonigle (Burns, 50 mins). Unused subs: Mullan, Douglas, Parkhill.

WARRENPOINT: Parr, Foster (Roohi, 67 mins), Dane, Mackle, McMenamin (Davidson, 26 mins), O'Sullivan, Forde, McKenna, Murray, Wallace, Reilly. Unused subs: Turker, Moan, Watters.

Referee: M Majed (Saudi Arabia)

Man of the match: Josh Carson

Match rating: 4/10

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