Manager of Coleraine FC
Paddy McLaughlin loves a telling substitution or two in a final, doesn’t he? When McLaughlin won his first trophy as Cliftonville manager in January 2020, Thomas Maguire and Ryan Curran came off the bench to score in minutes 96 and 97 to beat shellshocked Ballymena United 2-1 in the County Antrim Shield decider.
Oran Kearney admitted the memory of Linfield’s win at the Showgrounds earlier in the season drove Coleraine to put in an inspired performance and help knock their visitors off the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.
At a time when money is starting to scream rather than talk in Irish League football, there will be barely even chitter-chatter from Coleraine in the final days of the January transfer window.
Oran Kearney warned his Coleraine players that they have two months to earn their places in the team for the League Cup Final against Cliftonville after a flat performance he branded “not good enough”.
David Jeffrey has always relished big Christmas derbies and the buzz that surrounds them. For most of his time in football, festive fixtures were all about Linfield v Glentoran. There was also a sprinkling of Ards v Bangor and now Ballymena United v Coleraine is what counts.
Coleraine manager Oran Kearney admits the prospect of games being played behind closed doors gives him “nightmares” after fixtures got the go ahead to welcome spectators for the time being.
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