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Watch: It's what dreams are made of, says Coleraine hero McCauley

By Gareth Hanna

Coleraine FC's dreams came true on Saturday afternoon when manager Oran Kearney landed the first major success of his tenure.

There's a general feeling that one of the good guys in Irish League football could usher plenty more trophies through the gates of Ballycastle Road to add to this Irish Cup.

That's a view shared by one of the weekend's goal-scoring heroes Darren McCauley.

"It's been a long journey and this caps it off nicely," he reflected at the end of a long season that also brought the club within a whisker of league success. "We can show something for this year - it's amazing for Oran, for the board, for the fans - I feel like we can build on it.

"Oran's been here a long time. It's a big occasion for him and he does deserve it. He puts a lot of work in. He's a professional manager and he does things right.

"Probably a lot of people put pressure on to get him out but Colin (McKendry - chairman) stuck with him and it's bearing fruit.

"We have a few young players and players coming into their prime. Hopefully we can add one or two and challenge for the league and the Irish Cup next year. Hopefully this can be a springboard."

It was an Irish Cup final that burst into life on 50 minutes, when that man McCauley smashed a half-volley into the top corner - his 20th of the season.

"To score and win the Cup final, it's what dreams are made of," he smiled.

"I can't even explain it. Missing out on the league was disappointing but I'm delighted to score, delighted to win and happy for everyone involved with Coleraine.

"I's my favourite goal this season without a doubt, because of the occasion and to cut across it and score like I did - I was delighted."

McCauley hit the headlines before the climax of the league season when he penned a poem to sum up the drama of the Danske Bank Premiership season.

That attracted a reply from Crusaders goalkeeper Sean O'Neill after the title was won.

"No poems tonight," laughed McCauley after Saturday's success, "I'm just going to keep it simple and enjoy the success."

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