Malone points to youth progress
LOUGHGALL’S end-of-season inconsistency was highlighted over the past week with a defeat of Warrenpoint Town followed by a reverse against Newry City.
However, one reliable factor for Colin Malone this season has been the progress of the youth players.
Thai Blevins, Aaron Willis, Scott Herron, Daryl Flanaghan, Gavin Fox and Simon Foster have each enjoyed the jump from reserve-team football to the senior squad at various points this season.
Malone considers the youth development as a significant boost.
“They have all done quite well this season, with Simon Foster the latest player to get a first senior start,” said Malone. “It is certainly encouraging to see the work put in at reserve level yield rewards.
“The experience gained now can only help the club down the line.
“This weekend marks our final game so everyone is thinking about the end of the season.
“It was nice to see John Guy get on the scoresheet in our 1-0 win over Warrenpoint Town.
“We had chances to win against Newtry but finished 2-0 down despite some encouraging football.
“In both games we put in a good shift and I cannot fault the effort from the players
“I was happy with both performances overall and we probably deserved something from the two games.”
Loughgall will wrap up the season tomorrow (Saturday) away to Tobermore United, with kick-off at 2 o’clock.
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