The Thoughts of Mac (Colin McIlwaine) – QUB 3 Lisburn Distillery 4
Well that was certainly a dramatic start to the season – apparently cruising, three up at the break through Matthew Ferguson (2 goals) and James Wright, a quick fourth goal from Francis Dugan in the second-half and then it was hold on tight as Queen’s netted three inside a quarter of an hour.
But in the end the Whites managed to see out the game and that was a good start to the season winning at Queen’s. “It certainly was” said Mac afterwards, “the target was to get into the draw which we did the hard way because at one stage it looked as if we would go on and win the game very easily, being four up”.
We hit the woodwork twice and whilst I need to take a look at it I do believe that Francis’s goal (Francis Dugan) was a good goal, Queen’s had a few chances but we could have been going in four or five up at half-time.
Overall the boys were happy afterwards, I know Queen’s had some players missing but we had six out today too but the lads went out and put that performance together and the bottom line in cup football is who finishes in front – and we did that.”
The fixture list this season means the league doesn’t start until the 18th August, did Mac consider that would be more beneficial? He replied; “George (O’Boyle) and I talked about that; two competitive games before we go to Banbridge gives us a chance to get the match fitness up and I make this clear, our main aim this year is to push for promotion – that’s solely the number one priority. Cup games are good and although the draw hasn’t been made as we speak (for Round 2 of the BetMcLean League Cup), I am hoping that we get something good for the club. We obviously have Cliftonville in the County Antrim Shield so it’s good to be involved with clubs at that level. We will be looking at the Steel & Sons Cup and the Intermediate cup aiming to go as far as we can but we need to get that match fitness up ready for Banbridge.”
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