The Thoughts of Mac – Newtowne 0 Lisburn Distillery 2
Mission accomplished – the Whites now play Albert Foundry in Round 4 of the Tennent’s Irish Cup – against Newtowne at Scroggy Road, Limavady on Saturday. It wasn’t easy, in terms of the game or on the eye, but Mac (Colin McIlwaine) simply focused on the overall outcome.
Reflecting on the game, he said; “As the day went, it was “Job Done” I suppose, but it wouldn’t have been pretty for people to watch. We always knew that it was going to be tricky there, right from the first whistle they got in our faces, gave us no time and tried to get us turned by hitting the ball long.
We had to deal with that for some 55-60 mins; we did make a few changes today to give people a game, and that is what squad football is all about. I am sure some of the supporters will be disappointed but I think everybody will be over the moon, including us, that we have come here, kept a clean sheet, won 2-0 and are in the next round.”
Paddy Saunders made his first start of the season in goal and Mac added; “I sympathise with goalkeepers – it’s different if you are an outfield players and part of a squad where you have a fair chance to get in there. As far as Paddy is concerned, Jonah (Nicholl) has come in and done exceptionally well this season – so it has been hard for him to come week in week out when he wants to play football and is capable of being a goalkeeper at Championship level so we thought it was the right time today to give Paddy a go – he kept a clean sheet and had a good game overall.”
It’s back to important league action on Saturday, just down the road at Fortwilliam Park against Tobermore United.
Looking ahead Mac’s feelings were; “Tobermore have proven over the last number of years that they will be a tough nut to crack at home and it will be a battle but as I have said, it is not about us playing silky football all the time, it’s about knowing how to win games and every game is different. We will go there with plenty of confidence aiming to pick up three points and keep the run going.”
Wrap up warm this weekend – the game at Fortwilliam Park kicks off at 2.00pm.
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