There will be no one more pumped up for tonight’s Europa League showdown against La Fiorita than Coleraine defender Lyndon Kane.
It’s well known Kane grew up watching the club he now represents with distinction.
He has already achieved more than most diehard fans… making his debut and winning a trophy with his beloved Bannsiders.
At 7.30pm this evening he will mark another historic occasion as he plays for the club in Europe for the first time.
“I’ve missed the last four European ties we’ve been involved in because I’ve been injured.
“So it will be an extra special feeling this evening.”
The only disappointment will be that the Showgrounds support won’t be allowed in to watch because of UEFA regulations.
“The support really drives us on,” said Lyndon.
“When they are banging the drum and singing it lifts us. I don’t think the fans actually realise how much of a driving force they are.”
Kane has made sure he is fully prepared for his Europa League debut.
“I’ve been watching clips of Fiorita on YouTube to try and get information on their players.
“Even though we won’t have the backing of the fans it’s massive that we got a home tie.”
The tough-tackling Kane never lacks motivation when he pulls on the Coleraine shirt.
But he admits he has an added incentive to emerge victorious tonight.
His father Mark is a well-known figure around the club and is a leading light in the Spirit of ’74 Supporter’s Club.
He is Lyndon’s number one fan and is now recovering after undergoing surgery recently.
“Dad is doing well but a win tonight would be a perfect tonic for him.”