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Unbeaten run sets us up for trophy success, says Kearney

By Adam McKendry

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney says his side are eager to keep their excellent run of form alive and reach the Irish Cup final.

The Bannsiders are on a fantastic run, unbeaten in their last 14 matches, including victory over Irish League leaders Crusaders last weekend.

Standing in their way of a trip to Windsor Park next month are Glenavon, who they face at the Ballymena Showgrounds this evening in their semi-final clash (kick-off 5:15pm).

Kearney says his team are not just ready for the challenge of Gary Hamilton's men - but are looking forward to it.

"These days we are looking forward to every game and this one is no different," the Bannsiders boss said.

"We have been enjoying a rich vein of form and we want to continue that in the Irish Cup semi-final. We want to get to the final," added Kearney. A 2-1 win two weeks ago at Mourneview Park will boost Kearney's men going into this clash, as well as the fact they are on that 14-game unbeaten streak.

But the manager says he's not going to be taking the Lurgan Blues lightly, and that his players will need to be at the top of their game to get the win.

"We have a lot of experienced players as well as young players who are hungry and keen to do well," Kearney said.

"To get the win we will need a great team effort. We will need all compartments firing, not just one or two."

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