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Oran Kearney full of praise for young guns' enthusiasm

Warrenpoint Town 0-4 Coleraine

By Gareth McCullough

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney must have some sympathy for his Warrenpoint Town counterpart Barry Gray following the visitors' easy victory at Milltown.

It was only last season that the Bannsiders lost nine matches in a row whereas this term they are flying, unbeaten in nine with six wins in that run and they made it two 4-0 victories in succession with Saturday's cruise past the basement side.

However, that meant Gray's men have lost ten league games in a row and sit with just four points from 16 games so far after a dismal beginning to the campaign.

"Obviously we've made changes," explained Kearney, whose side triumphed courtesy of an Ian Parkhill double and single strikes from James McLaughlin and Darren McCauley.

"We have a squad of 20 players, two goalkeepers in that, and out of that squad of 20, I have nine teenagers.

"We're very young and with that, at times, we maybe lack guile. But the thing the young players bring is a serious enthusiasm and a serious hunger.

"It's a beautiful thing. It can't be coached, it can't be designed and you can't create it but to have a changing room so hungry to want to do well, it makes my job really easy."

As for Warrenpoint, with assistant manager Harry Fay facing the media amidst rumours Barry Gray was about to step down, he didn't hold back on his assessment of another poor performance.

"All you ask for is hard work, desire and commitment and I think from the off we didn't get that today, especially the position we're in," he concluded.

Warrenpoint: Shanahan, Bagnall (Kierans, 59 mins), M Hughes (Donnelly, 59 mins), Murphy, Clarke, McVeigh, S Hughes (McCabe, 76 mins), D Hughes, McDonald, Dane, Boyle. Unused subs: King, Moan

Coleraine: Doherty, Beverland, Douglas, McCauley (Higgins, 74 mins), McCafferty, Harkin, Watt (Lyons, 57 mins), McLaughlin (Brown, 68 mins), Parkhill, McGonigle, Falconer Unused subs: Morrow, Law

Man of the match: Ian Parkhill

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon)

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