Thoughts of Mac – Banbridge Town 1 Lisburn Distillery 1
The postponement of the Armagh City game on Saturday came as no surprise – in expectation of that and a blank weekend we held back on this regular feature.
So cast your mind back to Saturday week (24/02/18) and our visit to Crystal Park. After a good save by Jonah Nicholl, the Whites took the lead after some clever footwork from Paul Young (5th minute) and had chances to add to that in the first-half. But Banbridge Town upped their game after the break, the Whites’ defence stood firm but Banbridge snatched a late, really late, equaliser on 90+2 minutes through Michael Allison.
A point at Crystal Park isn’t a bad result but it hurts when you have held the lead for so long and then concede a late equaliser with virtually the last kick of the game.
What was Mac’s (Colin McIlwaine) verdict on the game then? His answer was; “Inside the first two minutes they had a one-on-one chance and Jonah saved it with his feet. The first-half was pretty even, we got our noses in front from a deflected goal by Paul Young before we had a golden opportunity to go 2-0 up with Nick (Beta) but he seemed to get hos body shape all wrong and missed the ball completely.
We had another decent chance for Paul in the second-half and after that we were under the cosh a bit. They are a decent side, they’re strong, they’re fit and they are very good off the ball. They squeezed us and obviously we were missing Adam (Wright) and big Wurzel (William Wharry) so Stephen Curley came in and played with Joe Reid and to be fair Curley was immense for eighty minutes but his legs went. He seemed to be in the right place at the right time, he got in where it hurt and he was leading us like a captain, he was an inspiration to us all but he had to come off and they scored.
But if they scored early in the second-half and it had finished one each I would have been happy with the point, because it is a hard place to go to, they are a good side and the pitch was difficult again so you are coping with all those things but it really hard to take that goal in the 92nd minute after having done so well to hold that lead for so long. “
Given postponements and re-scheduling there is an awful lot more football to come in the remaining weeks of the season and with that in mind we will be posting another “Thoughts of Mac” later this week before our Match Intermediate Cup quarter-final against Queen’s University Belfast on Saturday.
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