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Matthew Shevlin adjusts his targets as he continues impressive scoring form

Matthew Shevlin admits he has reset some of his targets for this season as he continues to impress in front of goal.

The striker moved to within one of his goal tally for last season following his brace in Coleraine's 2-2 draw with league leaders Cliftonville on Saturday.

The 24-year-old is clearly thriving under Oran Kearney's guidance as he approaches two years at The Showgrounds.

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Shevlin is hoping he can shrug off an ankle problem so he can have a crack at equalling last season's total when Carrick Rangers visit the Ballycastle Road on Tuesday evening.

"It sounds good to be on 21 goals for the season already," he said.

"Strikers obviously set themselves rough targets at the start of the season, I've reached the 20-goal mark now so we'll see where we go from there.

"You're always readjusting your targets once you exceed them so I'll go again now.

"We've plenty of games left so we'll see where it takes me.

"I've been here two years now and I'm approaching the 50-goal mark.

"I'm happy with my return in terms of goals, I'm playing well every week, playing consistently and enjoying my football, which is all I can ask for.

"I think playing consistently last season and carrying it into this year.

"I had a lot of confidence from last year scoring 22 goals and I've managed to keep that form going."

The former Linfield and Ballymena United forward showed his qualities in the high-octane clash with the Reds on Saturday.

He kept his nerve to slot home from the spot in front of the home support after he had been upended by Jonny Addis.

And two minutes later he held off Luke Turner to bundle in the equaliser to give his side a deserved share of the spoils and bag himself a second brace at Solitude this season.

"When you've scored at a ground it's fresh in your memory when you go there again," said Shevlin.

"So I was going to Solitude with confidence.

"It was an edgy game. We made two errors for the two goals we conceded, which is disappointing.

"We showed good character though, got ourselves back in the game and started to play well.

"We won the penalty. Yeah it was a high pressure situation but you have to compose yourself, know where you're putting it, make sure your run-up is correct and slot it home.

"It was a great ball in by Jamie Glackin for the second, I'm always saying to him to put the ball in and I'll be there.

"It took a bounce, which probably put Turner off and I managed to get the touch to put it in at the end."


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