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Small margins have cost us a perfect start, insists Kearney

 

Still smiling: Oran Kearney is sure Coleraine aren’t far away
Still smiling: Oran Kearney is sure Coleraine aren’t far away
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Oran Kearney believes Coleraine are unlucky not to have maximum points from their opening two games.

The Bannsiders conceded an 88th-minute equaliser to Cliftonville on day one, then let slip a 2-0 lead at Glentoran on Tuesday.

Tomorrow, they face another big test at Linfield.

Kearney joked: "The fixtures committee have been kind to us at the start of the league with Cliftonville, Glentoran and Linfield.

"It is what it is. There's a lot of disappointment (after Tuesday), and Saturday as well.

"You could look at it and say, with the fine margins, that we could be sitting with six points. We aren't, the reality is we are sitting with two. So the key thing is that we have to go and put that right.

"When we all watch the game (on Tuesday), the last 15 minutes were nothing like the first 75 minutes," he added. "You have to put that in the context of why the late goals came.

"The first one was a cracking free-kick, the second one came because there is relentless pressure at that point and sadly the ball dropped to the right man."

Kearney also confirmed he is interested in making more signings before the transfer window shuts.

Institute player Aaron Jarvis has been linked with the Bannsiders.

Kearney added: "We are looking for players at this point in time but it's well known in this country that footballers - the right ones or the ones that you would want - are very hard to come by."

• Lurgan Celtic have withdrawn from the Northern Ireland Football League.

The club had in June given assurances that it intended to take part in the Premier Intermediate League, the Irish League's third tier, as planned this season.

However, ahead of their scheduled Irish Cup tie at Hanover tomorrow, the club has confirmed that its senior team has pulled out of the league.

The club has cited financial difficulties and problems attracting players in the decision that, a statement said, was taken to protect the future of Lurgan Celtic.

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