The Thoughts of Mac – Lisburn Distillery v Dundela
As Mac himself said “Dundela would be our toughest test to date” and whilst that was the case the Whites edged a game that was as a really good advertisement for football in this league. There was plenty of action, a smashing finish from Matthew Ferguson and a good penalty save from a young lad making his mark between the posts, Jonah Nicholl.
The Duns too made their mark, playing at a high tempo with some good chances. It is off course very early days, but points have been banked, the Whites though are a tougher prospect this season, a more resilient side , a more disciplined side tactically and have strengthened in terms of quality across the squad.
But it is a long haul – this is a tough league to get out and remain in but Mac (Colin McIlwaine) knew the start to the season so far has been crucial, he said “We knew we had to get off to a good start, we have worked extremely hard in pre-season and we knew that we have a squad that regardless of who was available meant we had competition for each position. Boys have come in and out and boys have obviously been getting frustrated not starting games, but I do know that when they start games they are going to prove to me that they want to start the next one and I think that is working for us.”
“I think Dundela will be one of the title favourites, so to take three points of them was massive for us and overall we were over the moon to have four wins out of four.”
And breaking with my usual protocol, a big “Well done” to Steven Hislop – “Steko” showed what he is capable off in another really good game for him. ”We sat down and had a good chat at the end of last season” added Mac. “He wants to be a part of what we are doing and he had a point to prove, and whilst we will not get carried away Steko is one of those players who have seen the bigger picture. There is competition there and he knows that he is doesn’t automatically start each week. He played against Linfield and put in a very disciplined performance which I think has done his confidence the world of good. He went in there today, and in that shape that we play sometimes, in terms of a defensive midfielder I don’t think there is anyone better than the league than him.”
Interview and photograph copyright David Hunter.