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Former NI skipper impressed by current Coleraine side in derby defeat of Ballymena

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Former NI skipper impressed by current Coleraine side in derby defeat of Ballymena thumbnailColeraine striker Jamie McGonigle celebrated his call-up to the NI Under-21 squad with the all important second goal in Saturday’s win over Ballymena United

ONE time Coleraine midfielder Stephen Lomas says he hopes to be back in town next May for 'another big bash' after attending the club's 90th anniversary celebrations on Saturday night.
The former Northern Ireland skipper - who watched Saturday's 2-0 derby win over Ballymena United - admitted he was impressed by what he had seen from Oran Kearney's side.
“You could see that the team is really together and now they just need that little bit of luck," he said during a gala dinner in the Lodge Hotel.
“The camaraderie is there and it would be great to be back here in May for another big bash," he added.
Lomas was joined by former international colleague Barry Hunter and by the managing director of the NI Football League, Andrew Johnston, who claimed everything was in place for a successful future at the Showgrounds.
“This is a club that has got it all," he told over 300 guests, including the surviving members of the 1974 Gibson Cup winning squad.
“All that's needed now is a trophy."
Special guest, Northern Ireland assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl, had words of encouragement for the current Coleraine squad.

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