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Eugene Ferry receives his award from Marie McMullan of BT Sport and Paul Ferguson, Sunday Life sports editor

Eugene Ferry receives his award from Marie McMullan of BT Sport and Paul Ferguson, Sunday Life sports editor

Brian Little

Eugene Ferry receives his award from Marie McMullan of BT Sport and Paul Ferguson, Sunday Life sports editor

Stephen Lowry feels an Irish Cup triumph would be a perfect pick up for his boss Oran Kearney who has endured personal torment this season.

The Bannsiders were close to pressing the panic button after a nine-game losing streak in the Premiership and former Linfield favourite Kearney admitted he was close to leaving the hotseat he has now occupied for three years.

Lowry returned from injury last month after a frustrating three and a half months on the sidelines.

He was a frustrated spectator, looking on helplessly as his team-mates struggled to find any rhythm or momentum.

But the tide has turned in the north-west. Kearney has freshened up his panel, there's been an injection of confidence in the dressing room and a thrilling Irish Cup win over Cliftonville has kept the dream of a final appearance in May alive.

Midfielder Lowry says he's now 100 per cent fit for battle and eager to impress in tomorrow's home sixth round clash with Dungannon Swifts.

"I was delighted to see the chairman, Colin McKendry and the club stand by Oran because he was always the right man to steer the club through the difficult period," said Lowry.

"The players he has brought in have made a huge difference and given everyone a lift. I was left very frustrated by my injury and being powerless to help, but I'm delighted to see a different mood in the dressing room.

"Oran is an optimistic person, but a manager can't flick a switch and restore confidence to all the players. The club were right to keep faith in him and an Irish Cup win, after all the club has been through this season, would be a magnificent reward for everyone.

"Winning a trophy with Coleraine would mean three or four times more than Linfield winning one where success is expected."

Meanwhile, Coleraine goalkeeper Eugene Ferry has been named BT Sport Player of the Month for January.

Ferry said: "I had a few career highs at Derry City like getting to an FAI Cup final. I played in every round, but when it came to the final I was left out.

"It was as if I wasn't a real part of it on the day so I knew I had to leave to play regular football. I am loving every minute of it."

The BT Sport Championship Player of the Month is Mark Cooling of Bangor.

Belfast Telegraph


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