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Hoping to hammer home the ‘Point

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Hoping to hammer home the ‘Point thumbnailDebutant Aaron Burns celebrates with midfield colleague Ciaron Harkin after scoring with almost his first touch after coming on as a sub’ in the win over Ballinamallard Utd.

COLERAINE manager Oran Kearney believes his players' second half performance in Friday night's 5-2 win over Ballinamallard United must act as the template for the remaining ten league games of this season.
The Bannsiders were level with the league's bottom club at half-time but a much more clinical display after the break ensured the win which sees them remain on the coat-tails of Danske Bank Premiership leaders Crusaders.
The Crues were inactive at the weekend owing to their involvement in the Irn-Bru Cup in Scotland, meaning that victory at Ferney Park was essential.
The win moves Coleraine to within two points of Stephen Baxter's side and both are in action this weekend - Coleraine at home to Warrenpoint Town and Crusaders hosting beaten League Cup finalists Ballymena Utd.
“It was important for us to close the gap on Friday night as it puts a little bit of pressure on Crusaders," admitted Oran Kearney.
“If they go behind and we're winning they'll be thinking - 'If Coleraine win, they'll go top'.
“We can only control what we do so it's essential we get the three points against Warrenpoint.
“That game will be no different to Ballinamallard and I've told the players that our second-half performance is a template for how we approach that game.
“We get on the front foot, we are dominant for both first and second balls and we make sure we do that same job this weekend," he added.
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