Rodney finally up and running

Rodney finally up and running

Coleraine manager Rodney McAree is mobbed by his players following Gareth McConaghie's goal against Crusaders which earned him a first win as Bannsiders' boss.

By Damian Mullan


By Damian Mullan


COLERAINE manager Rodney McAree has paid tribute to his players after finally recording his first win - Saturday's 1-0 victory over reigning Danske Bank Premiership champions Crusaders.

A single goal from central defender Gareth McConaghie - a low free-kick which deceived Crues' keeper Sean O'Neill - was enough to earn all three points at the Showgrounds.

"It's great to get the win because that's what everybody's been talking about," he admitted.

"But I've seen a big improvement in recent weeks and I knew we were going to get a performance on Saturday."

The Bannsiders' boss now hopes the win will kick-start the team's season following a run of indifferent displays.

They host Cliftonville in the league this Saturday knowing a win will see them maintain their place in the top half of the table.

McAree will check on the fitness of a number of players ahead of the game but will have striker Eoin Bradley available after missing three games because of suspension.

For all the latest news from the Showgrounds and around the junior leagues, check out Chronicle Sport.

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