Annagh back on track with away win

Shea Campbell scored two goals on Friday and a midweek penalty kick.
Shea Campbell scored two goals on Friday and a midweek penalty kick.
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Faith placed in the Annagh playing squad by club management produced three points as the reward on Friday against Wakehurst.

Dean Smith and his Tandragee Road coaching team opted for the same starting line-up away to Wakehurst as the previous fixture’s 6-0 defeat by Limavady United.

The players grabbed the opportunity to make amends with a convincing 3-0 success, courtesy of Shea Campbell’s brace and a Philip Craig finish.

Campbell was also on target in Tuesday’s Mid-Ulster Cup quarter-final exit to top-flight Dungannon Swifts by 2-1.

“Getting back on track in the league was a priority after the Limavady result but we backed the players to respond and they stepped up,” said Smith, the Annagh boss. “We were comfortable without having to hit top gear and, most importantly, got our shape right on Friday and Tuesday.

“Obviously the Dungannon match had a different pattern as they have senior quality but I was pleased with the discipline without the ball in both games.

“We described the Limavady match at the time as a one-off and the players backed that up against Wakehurst and Dungannon.

“It was a real boost to get a clean sheet on board but we were really solid overall as one unit.

“We trust the players and it was great to see such a positive response.

“Our work-rate without the ball has been an issue too often this season but they got it right against Wakehurt and Dungannon.”

Annagh face Glebe Rangers this weekend at home, with kick-off at 3 o’clock.