The Thoughts of Mac – Shankill United 2 Lisburn Distillery 4
A good old-style cup game at The Hammer on Saturday, both sides on the front foot with the Whites very strong at the start, Matthew Ferguson grabbing the first of his hat-trick early doors before Shankill pegged the visitors back a second-time after Aaron Harris’s goal. But another two from young Spike saw the Whites progress.
The broad smile on Colin McIlwaine’s face said all we needed to know about the game and Mac then said; “Obviously after the last two weeks it was very important that we got both a performance and a result. We pushed the boys in training and asked for a response; we all know what our ambition is. We know that we are good on our day but we have had so many poor days up to now so today was always going to be crucial .
They have a decent side, and with a tight pitch they also have the additional ammunition of long throw-ins. They play back to front well and have a lot of pace about them so it’s always a nightmare for defenders.
I know quite a few of them and jokingly I said beforehand it was going to be a high-scoring game and I wasn’t too far off!
We are bitterly disappointed though at conceding two goals, every manager will be but at the end of the day we played very well. We battled well and it was good for Matthew to get the hat-trick, good for his confidence and Nick (Beta) was strong in there with Aaron (Harris) also scoring a good goal and that means we are one game away from our target in the Irish Cup, the fifth round.”
Since our interview, the fourth round draw for the Tennent’s Irish Cup means the Whites are at home to Comber Rec on Saturday 01st December.
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