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New grounds for optimism

Thursday, 17 November 2016

New grounds for optimism thumbnailColeraine striker Jamie McGonigle runs away to celebrate after scoring the only goal of the game in Saturday’s win at the Oval. The Dungiven man may again have a big role to play in Wednesday night’s League Cup quarter-final against Crusaders.

COLERAINE chairman Colin McKendry will press upon Communities Minister Paul Givan the need for improved facilities for the local senior football club when the DUP man visits the Showgrounds this Wednesday. The Minister is visiting Ballycastle Road at the invitation of local MLAs, keen to see the Bannsiders avail of funding set aside for ground improvements.
Speaking to The Chronicle ahead of the visit, the Coleraine chairman admitted it was important to argue the club's case at the highest level.
“This visit is a great opportunity to show the Minister the current state of the Showgrounds and to discuss where we're at with our plans," said Mr McKendry.
“The Minister has visited a number of clubs already so you want to make sure your name is out there as well.
“Coleraine is the only senior club in this area so hopefully they will look favourably at our strategy and look at the bigger picture," he added.
It's believed club officials have been working hard behind the scenes and examining various options.
“Whenever we hopefully avail of funding we would want to work closely with local representatives for the overall good of the town and the area," continued Colin.

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