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Hat-trick hero Jamie Glackin can get even better, warns Coleraine boss Kearney

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Coleraine's Jamie Glackin

Coleraine's Jamie Glackin

Coleraine's Jamie Glackin

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney has hailed Jamie Glackin after his hat-trick put Warrenpoint Town to the sword.

Glackin opened the scoring in the 37th minute with a lovely lob, netted number two with a volley and grabbed his first treble in senior football when he streaked clear of the Town defence before sliding home.

Matthew Fitzpatrick, on his full debut for the Bannsiders, added a fourth late on as Coleraine kept pace in the title race.

It was a statement of intent from Kearney's side and a day to savour for Glackin, whose manager believes there is even better to come from the hat-trick hero.

"On the last day we were at Warrenpoint and were beaten 3-1, I singled Jamie out after the game because I thought he was outstanding then," said Kearney.

"He was the only player we had who really showed courage and tried to get on the ball and makes things happen. This time, especially in the first-half, I was a little frustrated with him and he said himself that he found it hard to get into the game and then he produced three superb finishes.

"I'm delighted for Jamie because his finishing was top class. It has been a good journey with him this season and it is one where I still feel he can get better."

Town boss Barry Gray - who saw Colm Deasy red carded - said: "We gave up after they went 2-0 up and that's unacceptable. We have to keep fighting to get ourselves out of the position we are in."

WARRENPOINT: Byrne, Bennett, Reilly (Mullen, 82 mins), O'Sullivan, Doyle, Scannell, Hutchinson, Wallace, Dillon, Deasy, Swan. Unused subs: Smith, McVeigh, Lynch, Watters, Cowan, Carroll.

COLERAINE: Johns, Mullan, Canning, Doherty, Lowry, Bradley (McLaughlin, 72 mins), Carson (Parkhill, 79 mins), McConaghie, Glackin (O'Donnell, 75 mins), Traynor, Fitzpatrick. Unused subs: Gallagher, Douglas, Gawne, McGuckin.

Referee: Tony Clarke (Newtownabbey)

Man of the match: Jamie Glackin

Match rating: 7/10

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