BOB RADCLIFFE CUP FINAL: Adair puts praise on players after trophy win

Loughgall captain Ryan Moffatt - with the Bob Radcliffe Cup on Boxing Day - will help with team selection and training before this weekend's game against PSNI. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Loughgall captain Ryan Moffatt - with the Bob Radcliffe Cup on Boxing Day - will help with team selection and training before this weekend's game against PSNI. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
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Loughgall manager Brian Adair placed the praise on his players following the Boxing Day success against Annagh United.

Stephen O’Neill kicked off the scoring before Shea Campbell’s equaliser. However, a strong second-half display by Loughgall led to trophy-winning goals from Daniel Burns and Warner Mullen.

“First and foremost, I am delighted,” said Adair during the post-match celebrations. “It has been a tough couple of months but we showed today we are not a bad side.

“We dominated for long periods and probably should have been out of sight.

“From the first round we looked at this competition as one to win and, although expected at this club, it is nice to put the Bob Radcliffe Cup to bed.

“Getting off to a big start was important so our intensity levels proved excellent, with a great tempo from the start.

“We could have gone three or four up but probably made life more difficult and fair play to the Annagh.

“Annagh have quality and will always pose a threat with forwards like Shea Campbell and Scott McCordick.

“Scott’s red card helped us as he was a player who had started to make things happen for Annagh.

“However, I needed players to stand up and be counted so am delighted.

“Daniel scored a great second goal and, on his day, he can bring a real threat.

“He has pace and can finish so that is why we were so busy in the summer to get his name on a piece of paper.

“The cup win is for the supporters and committee also but, in the main, the players, who have taken some criticism the past numbers of months.”

LOUGHGALL: Gareth Buchanan, Mark Carson, Ryan Moffatt, Ricky Copeland, Mark Stewart, Marcus Dallas, Steven Ferguson, Chris Kingsberry, Stephen O’Neill, Warner Mullen, Daniel Burns. Subs: Ross Black (on for Carson, 92 mins), Keith Kearney, Josh Finlay, Colum Curtis (on for Kingsberry, 68 mins), Neil Alderdice (on for Moffatt, 72 mins).