The Thoughts of Mac (post Lisburn Distillery 1 v Queens 2)
A battling finish wasn’t enough to keep the Whites in contention for a play-off spot this season. After conceding two somewhat soft goals, a cracking individual effort from Mikey Withers gave the home side hope but additional breakthroughs never came.
And in the gathering gloom as the night closed-in, Mac (Colin McIlwaine) summed things up when he said; “In a nutshell we are all gutted but the good thing for George (O’Boyle) and I is that we can see that hurt and I said to them “let’s learn from this”. This time last season we were celebrating survival and this year we are gutted that we didn’t get into the play-off so it is definitely progression.
I have spoken to the boys about sticking together and making sure that we finish on a high on Friday night and getting as many points on the board as possible.
Tonight in the first-half I thought there was a spark missing, it was as if they were superior. To be fair, and I gave Dundela credit because I always believe that the best team wins the league, Queen’s are a very good outfit as well and deservedly so.
Second-half we gave away a horrendous goal early, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb which we have done a few times this season. We then get a goal back and give it a real go. We hit the cross-bar with a couple of shots, shots deflected here there and everywhere. Matthew (Ferguson) had a great chance but I said to the boys we have one more game to go and get as many points as possible. They are a great bunch to work with and we know that we are not 100 miles away from where we want to be.”
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