NI League Cup: Kearney upbeat for Crues test in quarter-final

Coleraine's Jamie McGonigle is challenged by Howard Beverland in the the 1-0 win for Crusaders earlier this month
Coleraine's Jamie McGonigle is challenged by Howard Beverland in the the 1-0 win for Crusaders earlier this month

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney believes his young team can overcome Premiership champions and leaders Crusaders in the League Cup quarter-finals.

The Bannsiders and Crues go into Wednesday night's Showgrounds clash on the back of 1-0 weekend wins.

"I feel we have the makings of a very good cup side - on our day we match anyone," said Kearney.

"We've been playing at a really high standard and if we hit that level we've a good chance of turning them over."

He added: "It's a competition that's been nasty to us in the last number of years.

"The Crues beat us in the final in 2012 and we lost to Ards in the semi-finals last season.

"We've flirted with it and got close on one or two occasions and hopefully those disappointments can drive us on."

Owens on target

Crusaders prevailed 1-0 when the sides met in a tight league encounter earlier this month, with Jordan Owens scoring the only goal at Seaview.

"Coleraine are a superb side, they've got good young players who work tirelessly for their manager," said Crues manager Stephen Baxter.

"You always expect a tough match when you go to the Showgrounds."

Cliftonville continue their bid for a fifth straight League Cup triumph with a Mourneview Park game against Glenavon.

Ballymena United, so impressive in defeating Linfield 4-1 in the last round, make the trip to Championship side Warrenpoint Town.

Town are now managed by former Sky Blues striker Matthew Tipton, who replaced Barry Gray as Milltown boss on Saturday.

The other quarter-final sees Carrick Rangers take on Dungannon Swifts at the Belfast Loughshore Arena.

Northern Ireland League Cup quarter-finals - 16 November (19:45 GMT)
Live commentary and reports on BBC Radio Ulster M/W and the BBC Sport website
Coleraine vCrusaders
GlenavonvCliftonville
Warrenpoint TownvBallymena Utd
Carrick RangersvDungannon Swifts (20:00)

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