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Oran Kearney: Coleraine's top support will put on a party for League Cup final

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney salutes the Bannsiders' support after their League Cup semi-final win over Linield.
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney salutes the Bannsiders' support after their League Cup semi-final win over Linield.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

There's going to be a party on the north coast.

Judging by the wild celebrations come full-time at Windsor Park on Tuesday evening, there could actually be a few.

The Bannsiders have another cup final to look forward to, against Crusaders on Saturday, February 15.

It's the fourth decider they will have played in under Oran Kearney, with the memories of the Irish Cup success in 2018 still fresh.

The joy on show after the 3-0 win over Linfield was certainly reminiscent of the sort of festivities either side of last year's season climax.

"After living through everything that happened around the Irish Cup final a few years ago, the excitement around the place and what it did for the north west, we know there will be a great buzz around the place for the next couple of months," said Kearney.

"I appreciate this is the League Cup but a final's a final and it gives everyone a lift, fans, board, club, everything. It gives us something to look forward to."

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The travelling support were in fine voice throughout an impressive second half from their side, all three goals coming after the break.

At full-time, the squad went to the north stand and joined in the north coast versions of Iceland's thunder clap and the now famous football anthem Allez Allez Allez.

"It was a brilliant support and it has been all season," added Kearney. "There were probably 6-800 there on a cold, winter's evening. It's a huge credit to everybody who made the jaunt up the road and we were delighted to give them a happy journey home."

Despite the recent wobble that brought defeats to both Warrenpoint Town and Institute, the boss knows it's been a positive start to the campaign.

Level on points with league-leading Crusaders and set to play the north Belfast side in the League Cup decider - that'll do for Kearney's Coleraine.

For now.

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