Eoin Bradley hoping to finish great week with Coleraine victory
Dankse Bank Premiership: Glenavon v Coleraine (tonight, Mourneview Park, 7.45pm)
THE Bradley house has had plenty of reason to be cheerful this week and Coleraine striker Eoin ('Skinner') is hoping to add to the feel-good factor tonight against former club Glenavon.
On Tuesday afternoon, Bradley watched on as his son Cathaoir helped St Conor’s College to the Ulster Colleges Gerry Brown Cup and the player will carry the smile all the way to Mourneview Park.
“He’s the first grandchild and all that so it’s the first Ulster title,” said Skinner.
“He did well, he’s a year young but the team played well and the coaches are doing a brilliant job up there.
“Paddy (Eoin’s brother) is actually his form teacher so it was a good day for the family.
“He plays with Coleraine juveniles and he played in the Milk Cup so who knows, maybe someday I’ll get to play with him!”
For now matters turn to the very sizeable challenge of Glenavon who could move to within three points of league leaders Ballymena United with a win.
Coleraine, meanwhile, are currently eight points behind tonight’s opponents in a season that has seen a stumble follow nearly every step forward.
A fine win against Cliftonville in Solitude in round two wasn’t built upon with the team grabbing just nine points from the possible 24 that followed.
Likewise, last month’s fine 2-1 win against Linfield at Windsor Park was followed by a draw with Glentoran and defeats to Warrenpoint Town and Newry City.
They did get back to winning ways last weekend against Ards and Bradley believes that manager Rodney McAree can get the best out of the squad in the second half of the season.
“We were under a bit of pressure but we had a lot of injuries and I was suspended twice,” said Bradley, who made his 100th appearance for the club in last week’s 1-0 win.
“Lyndon (Kane) coming back against Ards was massive for us. He’s a local lad and his return will give everyone a boost.”
Coleraine have only managed back-to-back league wins twice this season but Bradley is hoping to add a third against his former employers.
“I’m very close to Gary (Hamilton), I enjoyed my time there,” he said.
“It’s a game that’s live on TV and you have two very attack-minded teams.
“I think we could have a very good game as long as the weather isn’t too bad.”
Glenavon had an emphatic 4-1 win when the sides met at the Showgrounds at the start of October.
Hamilton’s side have lost a bit of momentum in recent weeks though as they have won just one of their last six league games.
The latest of those results was a 4-2 defeat to Cliftonville last weekend at Solitude.
After falling ahead early on, goals from Conor McCloskey and Andrew Mitchell had them 2-1 ahead early in the second half before they conceded three goals without reply.