The thoughts of Mac – Lisburn Distillery 1 Tobermore United 1
No game last week due to the snow in Dunloy but the previous week the Whites played out their first draw of the season with Tobermore United here at New Grosvenor.
Playing with the wind in the first-half the Whites took the lead through an Alan McMurtry penalty. In the second-half the Whites couldn’t find the back of the net despite the visitors having been down to ten men after 39 minutes and Tobermore’s equaliser came from an Aidan McAuley free-kick.
Perhaps the day was summed up by the look on the faces of the Lisburn Distillery management team as they headed into the changing room?
“Very much so” replied Mac (Colin McIlwaine) after the game. “We’re very, very disappointed because I think we created enough chances there to win the game, I think I counted six or seven chances in my head although they could have went on and won the game. We didn’t play with the wind very well in the first-half. We were perhaps fortunate to get the penalty and go one-nil up. We often got caught off-side, they seemed to play that very well and we obviously didn’t dominate the way we should have done with the gale force wind (first-half).
But even at that, at 1-0 we are going out to protect that, they’re down to ten men and they had one or two chances in the second-half. They scored from a deflected free-kick. We had chances – but I spoke to everybody in there (the changing room), we have only taken one point from nine in the league and that’s the disappointing, and worrying, thing.
And when I look at it, is it because we are leaking goals? – take the Coleraine game out of it – we have conceded four goals in three games and lost two and drew one so statistically it’s not that we are leaking goals, it’s that we are not scoring goals. We haven’t scored a goal from open play in four matches; the two goals came from penalties and we have to work on that. We obviously are looking to add to our squad but we need to be working on that problem. We are creating chances but not putting them away and I feel sorry for the boys because we all believe we could have won the game but it’s not good enough.”
On Saturday, the Whites, hopefully, will be playing that postponed Intermediate Cup game at McCamphill Park in Dunloy (kick-off 1.30 pm).
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