The thoughts of Mac (Albert Foundry)
The Thoughts of Mac – Lisburn Distillery 3 Albert Foundry 1
The Whites are through to the glamour round (Round 5) of this season’s Tennent’s Irish Cup after Saturday’s home victory over Albert Foundry.
Foundry took an early lead, and at times it was a feisty, niggly opening period which was pretty much as we expected. A stunning “goal of the season contender” from Aaron Harris worked wonders and a stonewall penalty converted by Alan McMurtry saw the Whites go into the break 2-1 up.
When Timmy Clarke added a third it was pretty much all over although had Marcus Beattie been able to get on to a cross who knows but with safe passage made how did Mac (Colin McIlwaine) see things from the side-line?
“It was exactly what we had planned for” replied Mac. He added; “We knew that they would come out with all guns blazing. Foundry battled hard and gave a real good account of themselves. They got an early goal which I was disappointed with – possibly it came from a decision that went against us – but we reacted well to it.
It took us about twenty minutes to know what way to boss the game but Aaron’s goal got us settled down and it’s probably a contender of goal of the season – it was a smasher – and then Jonny (McCaw) produces a wee bit of magic after that and hits the bar.
We had one or two more chances and then got the penalty-kick and got our noses in front right on half-time.
Again we were in a battle in the second-half but we managed it a lot better. We got our goal and we stayed in control though I think they did have one chance to get back into the game.
Overall I am very happy and as I said to the boys, it wasn’t about just who we were playing, it was a typical Amateur League team who were very capable and whilst it was going to be a tight match it was about the reward for the club. That’s our first target met; when we set ourselves targets one was to qualify for the fifth round in the Irish Cup besides what we wanted to do in the league. We have done that, fingers crossed that we get a decent draw so that we can go and enjoy our day and it is something to look forward to after Christmas.”
The draw for the Fifth Round of the Tennent’s Irish takes place at lunchtime next Tuesday (12 December) and it is eagerly anticipated. Before then, there is another big league match at Crystal Park in Banbridge when we take on Banbridge Town this Saturday (kick-off 2pm).
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