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Coleraine staying grounded as visitors Warrenpoint look to youth

Coleraine v Warrenpoint Town, Danske Bank Premiership: The Showgrounds, Tonight, 8.00pm

By Steven Beacom

Coleraine striker Eoin Bradley is determined to maintain his side's stunning start to the season for as long as possible.

Bradley has been in fine form for the Bannsiders, who have nine points from nine, with their latest success coming last Saturday at the home of Crusaders, who had also won their first two games.

The 2-1 victory at Seaview, in which the impressive Bradley scored, was a massive confidence booster for Oran Kearney's team following on from wins against Dungannon and Cliftonville.

Next up is Warrenpoint Town at the Showgrounds and, while Coleraine are odds-on favourites, former Derry GAA star Bradley is not taking anything for granted.

"It's been a brilliant start to the season for us but on any given day anybody can beat anybody in this league. We have a good record at home and hopefully we can get another victory," said Bradley.

There is sure to be one change in the Coleraine line-up as defender David Ogilby is suspended after his red card at Seaview.

Warrenpoint will enter the fixture in buoyant mood after picking up their first win last week, 1-0 against Ards. Johnny Parr is set to keep his place in goal.

Warrenpoint this week named Keith Hamilton as the club's under-20 Development manager, an appointment that chairman Connaire McGreevy feels can help move Town forward.

"We believe Keith is the perfect man for the job. We are in a new era at Warrenpoint as we aim to go to higher levels and we are confident Keith can help us achieve this," said McGreevy.

"We are back in the Danske Bank Premiership and we believe that it is vital to look after the youth of today for us to stay in the top flight and build for the future.

"We believe that we have exceptional young players within the U20s squad and they have the potential to push on and fight for a place in the senior team."

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