LOUGHGALL manager, Colin Malone, will continue to hand the club’s young players an opportunity to shine at senior level over the remaining three IFA Championship 1 fixtures.
The Villagers face road trips to take on Warrenpoint Town (April 21), Newry City (April 24) and Tobermore United (April 28) in the closing fixtures of Malone’s first campaign as Loughgall boss.
The experienced manager has turned to youth over the course of the season and confirms his plans to maintain that policy as Loughgall aim to end on a high note.
“Now is the time to start blooding young players and trying out the reserves,” said Malone. “We want a good finish to the season but also have one eye on the future and promoting youth now can give players extra time to adjust and settle.
“Next season we can then call on a number of players who have already represented this club in the Irish League and know a bit more about what to expect.
“We made mistakes against Institute on Saturday but those lapses must be expected when dealing with youth and also a side maybe not used to playing alongside each other that often.
“However, the lads worked hard and stood up well to the task but we just finished out on the wrong side of a seven-goal game.
“We created plenty of chances over the match so I was pleased with the commitment.
“Credit must also go to the experienced players who lead by example when asked to help younger lads step up.
“We have a blank programme this weekend but will use the extra time to prepare for the Warrenpoint match.”