“It was a bad, bad day in the office...” - The Thoughts of Mac (Lisburn Distillery manager Colin McIlwaine)
The lead-in above says it all – it's a huge ask to win any game after conceding three soft goals and whilst the Whites came so close after pulling two goals back it didn't happen.
The disappointment in the dressing room and amongst the fans was palpable and it was Mac who emphasised the outcome when he said;
“ I am totally disappointed; I think it is the first time since the turn of the year that we are standing here gutted. To take nothing out of that game is inexcusable - you cannot give a team three goals and that is what we did, we gave them three goals. Yes we showed a bit of character by getting back into it, their discipline let them down a bit, we could have very easily nicked a point at the end but there was just so much wrong with the day and it's the first time collectively that you could see the same atmosphere in the changing room and from the management team. We all knew that it was a bad, bad day in the office.
George (O'Boyle) and I spoke earlier in the week, we knew this was gong to be a tricky one. We knew from our game up there that they would be a tough nut to crack and knew that the football might go out the window a bit today but in saying that whilst they had the wind in the first-half if we could hold that to 0-0 I think we go on and win the game in the second-half.
But we went 2-0 down and everybody was looking for excuses. Then I think we scored a perfectly good goal to make it 2-1 but it didn't count (ruled out for offside) and we concede another howler which puts us three goals behind. We get a penalty and miss it, what more can go wrong? We got one back , then another, they had another man sent off and in the last seven or eight minutes we bombarded them. Balls were ricocheting everywhere and I think their keeper made a world class save right at the end – a wonderful save. If we had got a point I think I would be standing here licking my wounds but thinking, at least we got something out of the game but to come away with nothing is a real setback for us – we will regroup again for next week, we know, and I keep saying it every week that our realistic target is to finish in the top six but that is probably three massive points down the drain today.”
Moyola Park are the visitors to New Grosvenor this Saturday, kick-off is 3 pm.
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