LOUGHGALL lost out last weekend by 3-1 away to Dergview – but had praise from Colin Malone, the team boss, despite the scoreline.
A poor start left Loughgall trailing by 2-0 early on before Dale Malone’s impressive free-kick finish helped to close the gap.
Number three provided Dergview with a significant advantage at the close of play.
“I think we created plenty of chances but suffered due to that 10-minute spell early on,” said the Loughgall manager. “It was a poor result but encouraging performance and I am sure Dergview look on it as a poor performance but encouraging result.
“That is football but we do need to increase our strength-in-depth to give us added options.
“We have targets in mind already, plus plans for the existing squad.
“With that promotion play-off spot now looking as if it is beyond our reach, discussions have already been held by Loughgall regarding the current players and outside targets.
“Dergview scored from the team’s only two significant efforts in the half, whereas we squandered three really promising positions.
“We had the bulk of the play in the second half but, as we attempted to chase down a 2-1 deficit, Dergview scored a late third.
“I could not be critical of the players in terms of the performance and one of the positives this season has been the progress of the younger lads.
“That is something on which to build and I remain convinced we have made impressive strides this season given the circumstances when I arrived last summer of so much uncertainty over players.
“We had something like six or eight players out injured for Saturday so that impacts on the depth of the squad and our options.
“However, I am sure the supporters appreciated the effort put in by those players against Dergview and the goal is to build on this season’s progress.”
Loughgall entertain Institute tomorrow (Saturday) at Lakeview Park from 3 o’clock.