Match day fifteen of the NIFL Danske Bank Premiership sees Linfield welcome the players and officals of Coleraine FC to Windsor Park (3pm ko). Earlier in the season the teams shared the points in a close game (0-0) at the Showgrounds.
Linfield missed the opportunity to go top of the Premiership after a disappointing home draw (1-1) with a resilient Warrenpoint Town side. A lack of clinical finishing proved costly for the Blues who were left chasing the game after the visitors took a first half lead from the penalty spot. But the Blues, despite the heroics of Warrenpoint keeper Aaron McCarey, were not to be denied as Andy Waterworth bravely headed home in the very last minute of added time. At the final whistle the palpable sense of relief emanating from the South Stand was followed by some sporting applause for the departing Warrenpoint players.
Coleraine have been plagued by inconsistency which has left them sitting in sone unfamiliar mid-table territory. It was almost inevitable that the disruption caused by the departure to St. Mirren of manager Oran Kearney would impact on results. New manager Rodney McAree though, will be determined to meet the high levels of expectation that now exists at the club, following some recent successful seasons. He has certainly inherited a squad full of quality players. In their last outing the Bannsiders defeated Institute 2-1 in a close game at the Brandywell. Coleraine will now be looking to build on this result to push on towards a top three slot in the table. Coleraine may not be up running with the early front runners but they will be expected to make up ground well before the business end of the season arrives.
David and his players will have had much to discuss and work on during the week! The team will need to be on their 'A' game against a Coleraine side who look poised on the cusp of going on a run of big results. Coleraine tactically, will certainly be coming to Belfast with a game plan to take all three points back up the M2. It promises to be a tight, competitive and hopefully entertaining game of football. COYB!!