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Coleraine's Stephen Lowry still 'optimistic' Irish League season can be played to a finish

 

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Glory trail: Stephen Lowry and Coleraine were in contention for a treble when the shutdown struck

Glory trail: Stephen Lowry and Coleraine were in contention for a treble when the shutdown struck

Glory trail: Stephen Lowry and Coleraine were in contention for a treble when the shutdown struck

Coleraine midfielder Stephen Lowry has said he remains "optimistic" that the current Irish League season can be played to a finish, though stresses the most important aspect to any resumption of football here must be health and safety.

Before the Irish FA halted the sport across Northern Ireland on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Coleraine were aiming to win what for them would have been an historic treble.

The Bannsiders had triumphed in the League Cup, beating Crusaders in the final, were in the second place in the Danske Bank Premiership - four points behind leaders Linfield with seven games to go - and were looking forward to a mouthwatering Irish Cup last four meeting with derby rivals Ballymena United.