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Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has challenged his side to follow the example of his assistant manager Winkie Murphy (right).

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has challenged his side to follow the example of his assistant manager Winkie Murphy (right).

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Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has challenged his side to follow the example of his assistant manager Winkie Murphy (right).

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has told his players to be greedy for more medals — and to look at assistant manager Winkie Murphy if they need any inspiration.

The Bannsiders came out on top of a Friday night Irish Cup quarter-final classic at Inver Park for the second year in a row, coming from behind twice to win 3-2, thanks to Eoin Bradley’s 87th minute strike.

It sets up their fourth Irish Cup semi-final in as many years and Kearney has challenged them to add to the Irish Cup and League Cup crowns they’ve won over the last few seasons.

In Murphy, they have the perfect example after a glittering playing career, primarily with Linfield.

"I said to the players pre-game, some of them pocketed an Irish Cup medal two years ago, some of them pocketed a League Cup medal a few weeks ago but I told them not to content themselves with that," Kearney said.

"Winkie has got something like nine Irish Cups, eight Leagues and seven League Cups. He has something like 27 winners medals. That’s just greed and hunger! And that’s exactly what I want from our players.

"Don’t dare settle for the fact you’ve won a League Cup or that you won an Irish Cup, albeit a few years ago.

"I’m not that worried about the past, but it’s about going on to show the level of commitment and wanting more and more and more."

Lyndon Kane’s own goal just before the break was reward for a strong first half showing from the home side.

James McLaughlin then fired Coleraine level 10 minutes into the second period, only for Jeff Hughes to head Larne in front for the second time.

Stephen Lowry’s penalty levelled it up again before Bradley showed good strength to fire home late on.

"The depth we’ve had to dig to mentally more than anything else pleases me," added Kearney. "We’ve had to dig in and stay in a game twice and I think it’s a phenomenal effort against a very good Larne side.

"We knew what it meant to Larne, we knew they were the home side and they’ve come flying out of the blocks.

"Credit to the players, over the last season or few we’ve been involved in big games and we have that big game mentality. It meant that it wasn’t a panic at half-time, it was quite calculated.

"The way they went about their business from the first minute of the second half was super."

Larne boss Tiernan Lynch, meanwhile, didn’t hide his disappointment.

"It was a game of two halves I suppose," he said. "I thought we were superb in the first half. In the second half, we didn’t get ourselves going. We didn’t keep the ball as well as we can.

"I felt the turning point was the penalty. It’s something I’d like to see again because I didn’t feel it was a penalty at the time.

"Bradley made a big difference when he came on, which is disappointing, because we worked hard on the things he’s good at.

LARNE: Devlin 7, Flowers 6, Watson 6, Sule 7 (A Mitchell, 78 mins, 6), McDaid 7, Donnelly 9, Lynch 7, Cosgrove 8, Hughes 9, Jarvis 7, Herron 7. Unused subs: C Mitchell, Kelly, Ramsey, Randall, Tilney, Andrade.

COLERAINE: Johns 7, Kane 6, Mullan 7, Canning 8, Lowry 8, McLaughlin 8, Carson 7, O’Donnell 8, Parkhill 6 (Bradley, 37 mins, 9), Glackin 7, Traynor 6 (Jarvis, 46 mins, 8). Unused subs: Gallagher, Douglas, McConaghie, McGuckin, Allen.

Referee: Shane Andrews (Ballygowan) 6

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