Welcome clean sheet at heart of win

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Within the goals and points as a reward from Saturday’s league trip to take on Coagh United, a clean sheet provided Dean Smith with the greatest level of satisfaction.

A third blank registered by Annagh from the 16 NIFL Championship Two fixtures to date helped serve as the backbone of a strong team performance on the road.

Shea Campbell and Scott McCordick finished, respectively, with two goals and two assists and Steven Park capped his commanding midfield display by adding to the scoresheet.

However, Smith picked out the group effort as key to the convincing win.

“The main point was the zero,” said Smith. “We now have three league wins on the bounce.

“However, it all comes down to the work ethic from the group and our defensive play starts from the front and moves back across the pitch.

“We will always have a chance with our attacking options but clean sheets really give us a boost.”

Campbell converted with a close-range finish off McCordick’s pass to break the deadlock before Park increased the tally. Annagh suffered a red card but added to the advantage on the counter-attack thanks to another Campbell strike off McCordick’s creativity.

“Steven was incredible I felt in midfield, with one example a great run in attack then, after the move broke down, he appeared on the edge of our box to a make a tackle.

“Richie Allen was also excellent as captain at organising the side, especially with 10 men.”

Kick-off tomorrow (Saturday) at home to Newington YC will be 3 o’clock.