Annagh boss calling for consistency

Scott McCordick helped Annagh United to home success against Glebe Rangers on Saturday. Pic by Phil Ray.

Scott McCordick helped Annagh United to home success against Glebe Rangers on Saturday. Pic by Phil Ray.

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Annagh United manager Dean Smith is demanding more from his players across the second half of the season - despite five goals and three points on Saturday.

The Tandragee Road men’s title ambitions rest on the ability to register a run of wins in NIFL Championship Two.

The high stakes call for high-end results and Smith is aware that Annagh must raise the bar to remain in contention at the top.

“If anyone had probably told us a year ago we would score five goals and win a match but I would still be calling for more it would sound crazy,” said Smith. “However, it shows how much progress has been made by the squad and we still feel the outcome of the season sits in our hands.

“We must keep on winning and every league match now should be treated like a cup final.

“Saturday was frustrating because two late goals took the shine off our performance and 5-3 win.

“We had various targets in place such as a clean sheet over the second half but we lost concentration.

“In other games that kind of slip will cost us points.”

The match featured an own goal and strikes from Scott McCordick, Paul Stretton, Scott Rae and Jamie Smith. It marked first goals at senior level for Rae and Smith.

“They have done so well since arriving in January, with both adapting quite quickly to the club,” said Smith. “We were pleased for the boys on Saturday and the goals come as a reward for working so hard.

“Now our focus turns to Coagh United away this weekend and we can expect another tough test but I have a full squad available for selection.”