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Coleraine's trophy chase has only just begun, warns Kearney

By Graham Luney

Coleraine's Irish Cup heroes have warned the rest of the Irish League they are only just warming up as a trophy-winning machine.

The Bannsiders finished only two points behind Crusaders in the title race but they made sure their season didn't finish trophyless by sweeping aside Cliftonville in Saturday's showpiece at Windsor Park.

With the players' appetite for more silverware now whetted and European funding allowing boss Oran Kearney to strengthen his panel, the Showgrounds side are planning to get even stronger.

Kearney said: "This is going to be a defining time for the club going forward and it's a massive catalyst for us to go to the next level."

Goalscorer Aaron Burns added: "This Coleraine squad can go on and compete for the big trophies for the next few years."

Kearney is in the running to be named Manager of the Year at tonight's NI Football Awards will be staged at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast. Stephen Baxter and Rodney McAree are also nominated for the prize.

Coleraine centre-back Stephen O'Donnell is also vying for the Player of the Year gong along with Crusaders duo Billy Joe Burns and Gavin Whyte.

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