The thoughts of Mac
Ards Rangers:The thoughts of Mac – Lisburn Distillery manger Colin McIlwaine
Twelve months on from a First Round exit at The Cliff, Saturday’s curtain-raiser began at Newtownards and ended in a solid 3-1 victory over Ards Rangers in the Steel & Sons Cup.
A brace, including a spot-kick, from Matthew Ferguson and an early second-half effort from Nick Beta were enough in a game that at times was a little feisty but what did Mac make of the visit to Drome Park?
“Obviously we needed to get through, if you go back twelve months we went out at the first round then and it wasn’t nice to start the season like that” said Mac afterwards.
“I know that I lot of people were putting this down as a walk-over for us as Ards Rangers are in a re-building process but I knew that Jackie (Kerr) would have boys out there playing for their shirts and for each other. It was a tough encounter at times but I thought overall, by far, we had the best chances and that was something I was critical about with the boys in the changing room – we should have put the game to bed earlier.
But it was always about getting through although we will keep our two feet on the ground and won’t get carried away because we know that there will be tough games coming up over the next few weeks.
I am also trying to drum it into the boys now that it is not about individuals, it’s about the squad; people being available, people coming in at the right time, making sure that we have got strength on the bench and on the field every game so we can look forward to the next few matches.”
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