Thoughts of Mac – Portstewart 0 v Lisburn Distillery 1
The thoughts of Mac – Portstewart 0 Lisburn Distillery 1
The run continues, up to third and in the frame for beyond when the top six split occurs.
For the second time in eight days though Portstewart proved tough opponents and again there was very little between the sides. In the last game Nick Beta hit the winner dead on ninety, and on Saturday Alan McMurtry was back on the spot – and scored – on 76 minutes.
For those interested in the rules of the game, Law Twelve (Fouls and Misconduct) will tell (or perhaps teach) you all to need to know about handling the ball. But the Whites are on a march and the roar from the away dressing room on Saturday when the other Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League results came through typifies where we are – in a good place, and it can get better.
So what did Mac (Colin McIlwaine) make of our trip to the seaside then? “I thought it was always going to be a battle out there today given the state (heavy) of the pitch following the recent weather.” said Mac. He added; “We knew we were going to be in a fight, we were up against a team fighting for their lives and we know what that is like. It is also something we need to get into our heads when we go out to play in our next few games, people are saying we are playing teams at the bottom of the league but that doesn’t matter.
The biggest plus is a clean sheet; I have to mention Paddy Saunders again, who has been sitting on the bench for most of the season but then comes in with three clean sheets. Anybody who follows us knows that Jonah (Nicholl) has done nothing wrong but to have that back-up and for Paddy to come in and do what he has done has been really remarkable.
We battled it out, I thought the boys at the back were immense, I thought we had most of the pressure in the game and then we got the penalty kick and there are mixed emotions about that, and people are saying it was a stonewaller, others were saying it wasn’t . But Alan showed a wee bit of character after missing (a penalty) last week, he demanded the ball, put it down and fired home – it gave us another three points.
The spirit is good but Annagh is another big test for us on Tuesday night.”
The game against Annagh United on Tuesday night kicks off at 6.15 pm.
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