End of season “Thoughts of Mac”
The season ended at Mill Meadow on Friday night with the Whites producing a quality second-half performance to send their travelling support home happy with another three points and a clean sheet as well.
The two goals were very different; a tap-in from Matthew Ferguson and a superb long-distance strike from Alan McMurtry and it could have been more at a venue we struggled at last season.
“Yes, it was a great way to finish the season with a clean sheet and another three points on the board” said Mac (manager Colin McIlwaine) afterwards. He added; “Plus, it was great to name a strong sixteen in the final game of the season when people might think you aren’t playing for anything. Credit to the boys, everyone made an effort and it was good to see them there, they wanted to finish the season together.
I thought the first half was very low tempo for me, although they were giving us plenty of time on the ball. But in the second-half we upped it and dominated and went on to get the two goals. As you say one was a tap-in and the the other was a great great effort from Alan McMurtry.
George (O’Boyle) and I are keen on statistics, and they gave us a hard time last season but that’s nine points we have taken off them (this season). It was always about the points total and we ended up fourth with 48 points – I don’t mean to put us any pressure now but what we have done is to set the bar for next year because anything below forty-eight is going to be a disappointment.
The other thing in my mind is that Newry finished on 48 points last year and they are now playing for a place in the Premiership – but things were different this year and I feel the league was tougher this year. There were a lot more teams who were more competitive.
We have really enjoyed this season – I said to the boys that they have been a pleasure to work with and unless something strange happens the board are 100% behind us and we are 100% behind the club. We want to go on now and make our third year the biggest year yet. Any regrets we have this year we want to make right by having success next year.”
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