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Kearney thrilled to negotiate 'banana skin'

By Jonathan McNabb

A professional performance from Coleraine helped ease the Bannsiders into the quarter-final of the Tennent's Irish Cup at the expense of Championship side Institute at The Showgrounds.

First-half goals from Jamie McGonigle, a Dean Curry own goal and Eoin Bradley had Oran Kearney's men in control, before McGonigle added his second after the break to set-up a quarter-final clash against Glentoran next month.

Speaking after the game, Kearney was delighted to see his players overcome high flying Institute.

"Our performance and result was exactly what you want at this stage of the competition," Kearney said.

"It was a big banana skin avoided because Institute are flying and I told the players pre-game to give them respect as there are some big sides in the Championship.

"Credit to our lads for the high tempo they set in the first 20 minutes as it was great to get the goals and finish the job early."

'Stute boss Paddy McLaughlin, meanwhile, was disappointed with defensive errors, but insists promotion is the main objective.

"I'm a bit disappointed with how we conceded the goals," McLaughlin said. "You try not to give anything away early, especially when you're coming to a team as good as Coleraine.

"Obviously it would have been nice to have stayed in the Cup, but we knew the scale of the task against the best team in the Premiership so far.

"We are disappointed, but not too downhearted because our priorities lie elsewhere."

COLERAINE: Johns, Kane, Harkin, Douglas, McCauley (Kirk, 70 mins), Smith, Bradley, Carson (Parkhill, 60 mins), McConaghie, Traynor, McGonigle (Woods, 70 mins). Unused subs: Doherty, Mullan, Ogilby, Gawne.

INSTITUTE: Muldoon, R Morrow, Seydak, Bonner, Curry, Grace (J Morrow, 53 mins), Wilson, Harkin, Jarvis (McCallion, 59 mins), McCrudden (McCarron, 55 mins), Brown. Unused subs: Scoltock, Dunne, Mullan.

Referee: Andrew Davey (Bangor)

Man of the match: Aaron Traynor

Match rating: 5/10

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