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Gers feeling no pressure ahead of Bannsiders battle: Currie

Niall Currie
Niall Currie

By Graham Luney

Carrick Rangers boss Niall Currie insists the pressure is firmly on Coleraine ahead of their Danske Bank Premiership clash at the Showgrounds tomorrow.

The Bannsiders suffered their first defeat of the campaign last weekend, crashing to a 3-1 defeat at basement side Warrenpoint Town, and Currie - whose Carrick outfit are now only a point behind seventh placed Ballymena United in the table - senses a wounded opponent.

"The Coleraine game is a free hit for us," said Currie, whose men came close to drawing with Crusaders last time out.

"Nobody is expecting us to get anything but, if we give a good account of ourselves and Coleraine have a bad day, then we are capable of taking points off anyone. We had a point sitting in front of us against Crusaders but a lack of concentration in the last couple of minutes cost us. It wasn't a 3-1 game.

"We deserved at least a point but we've got to learn how to see games through.

"No complaints about this group of players, they are as honest as the day is long.

"That's three or four games we should have got something from this season, but we have picked up more points than we expected this season, so we have to bank those and we'll be ready to go again.

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"We are being competitive with the big boys and that's something to be proud of.

"We don't want to be the nearly team, we deserve much more than that."

• A new book chronicling the 100-year history of Bangor FC will be officially launched by Northern Ireland legend Gerry Armstrong in the Seasiders' Social Club on Wednesday.

The event will include a discussion with author Peter Vannucci and former player Armstrong.

"This book is a must for all Seasiders and fans of Irish league football," explained Vannucci.

Armstrong began his career at Bangor before moving to Tottenham in his teenage years.

The 1982 World Cup hero said: "This is a wonderful read for all those associated with the Seasiders and I'm honoured to be officially launching the book.

"It is a detailed history of the club and the trials and tribulations across its first 100 years.

"Well done to Peter and all those involved in compiling such a professional piece of work."

The event, which gets under way at 7.15pm, is free to attend and open to all football fans.

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