Smith’s praise as players bounce back

Scott McCordick.
Scott McCordick.

Annagh United bounced back from a midweek cup exit to Ards with a weekend win that provided the newly-promoted side a first win in four fixtures.

The decision by the Annagh management team to retain faith in the League Cup panel was vindicated by a welcome 2-0 defeat of Lisburn Distillery.

“We could have made wholesale changes but wanted to show those players involved in the Ards defeat they still had our trust,” said Dean Smith, the Annagh manager. “It is not about making a rash decision after one bad performance but instead putting the responsibility back on those same players to turn around the form.

“We knew we would get a response and it was a very good team display last weekend to see off Distillery.

“Credit to the players for stepping up and getting back on track.”

Scott McCordick continued his return to form and fitness with a goal and assist against Distillery.

“We took time to make sure Scott was ready and everyone is aware of his class,” said Smith. “I’ve always maintained Scott has the quality to play at a higher level and his ability on the ball is first-class.

“Scott scored a great goal against Distillery then beat three or four players to set up Jaime Gardiner for our second.

“We have players ruled out for Saturday’s league trip to Larne but can give others a chance to grab the shirt as a result.”