The Thoughts of Mac (Coleraine)
The Thoughts of Mac – Coleraine v Lisburn Distillery
Our Tennent’s Irish Cup run came to a shuddering halt on Saturday. Coleraine, current Irish Premiership leaders and finalists of course in last season’s Irish Cup were simply too good; the gulf in class and skill was evident. But for the second season in a row now Mac (Colin McIlwaine) and George (O’Boyle) have got us into the Fifth Round of the Irish Cup and that in the context of recent years at this club is progress.
Mac as usual didn’t shy away from his post-match interview and whilst it was an education in some respects what did he make of that defeat? “I am disappointed that we didn’t give a better account of ourselves” he sighed. “We didn’t give ourselves a chance to be fair by giving away three scrappy goals but taking everything into consideration to have gone in at half-time three nil down the second-half then turned into a bit of a mauling. They looked a lot sharper and a lot fitter and you could see the difference.
But as I said to the boys it was a proud moment to have gone to Coleraine Showgrounds. We had targets this season and one of those was to get to the fifth round and if someone had told me at the start of the season that come the new year we would be in the fifth round of the Irish cup and third in the league I would probably have taken that.”
We will of course bounce back, it’s not enjoyable to concede seven goals without reply but I remember an awful 7-1 cup defeat at The Showgrounds by Coleraine in February 72 – the season after our Irish Cup win, the same year we played Barcelona! We are still in business despite some incredibly tough times since then for the club and the focus now turns back to league action this Saturday against Tobermore United.
You can back the team on Saturday and in the important league games ahead – do come along and support this famous club. The kick-off at New Grosvenor on Saturday is 2pm.
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