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How Aaron Jarvis can build a platform for Coleraine to succeed

 

Good start: Aaron Jarvis enjoyed a fine Coleraine debut
Good start: Aaron Jarvis enjoyed a fine Coleraine debut

By Billy Weir

While the Lowry brothers grabbed the goalscoring headlines over the weekend, the debut display by another midfielder passed most people by.

The night before Philip grabbed his brace for Crusaders in their win over Dungannon Swifts, elder sibling Stephen was doing likewise in Coleraine's eye-catching performance at Glenavon.

But the platform which allowed him to make those forward forays into the danger area was laid by midfield colleague Aaron Jarvis, who was thrust right into the thick of the action by Oran Kearney a couple of days after signing from Institute.

And with able support alongside him in the shape of the superb Ben Doherty and Josh Carson, the Bannsiders' new boy flourished.

Kearney was impressed by what he witnessed but insists there is much more to come from him.

"I chased Aaron for a long time and I said when we signed him we have a good history of bringing through good, young, dynamic midfielders," he explained.

"It has been a tough month for him because of all the interest that goes with it and frustration.

"He has missed a bit of training and not played as many games as he would have liked so he's probably a little behind from that point of view.

"At Glenavon, he was probably at about 60 or 70 per cent, so there's much more in the locker for him and I can't wait to see it."

The win keeps Coleraine's unbeaten run intact and lifted them to fourth place in the table and, with the transfer window now closed, Kearney is happy how things are shaping up.

"That's our third win in a week and we had four goals in midweek and on Friday but, more importantly, if we are keeping them out at one end it augurs well for creating chances at the other," he added.

"There was a freshness about us. The two players we signed are a 22-year-old and a 20-year-old and I think in the past our team had a lot of energy about it and drive in the front six and I'm keen to get back to that type of a team."

The energy and drive that Coleraine had in abundance was matched by Glenavon for large parts of the first-half but when Lowry netted his second just 40 seconds into the second period, the wheels came off on a miserable night.

"At 2-0, you're chasing the game and you know there are areas they can exploit you and that's the fear, you go down three if you don't score," said Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton.

"That's football. I've said to them in there you have to drag yourselves out of it and there's only one set of people to do that and that's us."

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