The thoughts of Mac (Colin McIlwaine) Banbridge Town 3 Lisburn Distillery 1
Not the start anyone but Banbridge Town had wanted but the reality was that the Whites were very much second-best in the first-half and a poor second goal from a defensive perspective made it nigh on impossible to salvage anything.
There was a glimmer of hope from a super Matthew Ferguson header but that vanished just four minutes later when the home side netted their third.
“I am not going to make any excuses for the boys, they are in there and hurting and rightly so” said a disgruntled Mac in the aftermath of the defeat. “I thought over all of the ninety minutes we were very poor. We huffed and puffed, and Stuarty (King) knew how to stop us and we need to learn to be a lot smarter than that.
They could have been a few up at half-time and they weren’t. We felt we could still sneak something but their second goal was horrible; we gave the ball away up the far end of the pitch and they went down and scored.”
And whilst the Whites’ boss wasn’t happy about the manner of the Banbridge’s third goal he added; “ We did give ourselves a bit of hope through Matthew’s goal. Whether we would have had enough in our locker to go on and get another goal, (had Banbridge not scored their third), I don’t know”,
It’s Toals Steel & Sons Cup action next against Ballymena United’s U20 Development League team with the kick-off at New Grosvenor on Saturday being 2,30 pm.
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