LOUGHGALL added a fourth successive IFA Championship 1 victory to the season’s tally on Saturday – now Colin Malone must discover a way to carry that form out on the road.
The Villagers visit high-flying Institute tomorrow (Saturday) aiming to extend the recent upturn in league results.
Goals by Wesley Boyle and John Guy helped Loughgall edge clear of Carrick Rangers last weekend at Lakeview Park and Malone admits pride at his players’ battling performance.
“Ideally, of course, you want superb football and a 5-0 win but the reality was we needed to dig deep on Saturday,” said the Loughgall boss. “We just had to keep going and grind out the win.
“At times this season we have failed to make the most of our chances, plus also struggled at the back.
“Last weekend it was a case of proving clinical in front of goal on an afternoon of limited scoring opportunities then working hard to protect the lead.
“Wesley scored a lovely lob from the edge of the box from Jeff Brady’s pass to put up 1-0 up.
“They equalised then John finished off a corner-kick delivery to make it 2-1.
“We displayed a real determination in the second half and that desire to get the win was extremely encouraging.
“The challenge now is to carry that home form into the away fixtures.
“Obviously Institute will provide a tough challenge as the division’s second-placed side.
“But our goal must be to give a good account of ourselves towards extending this run.”