Annagh aiming for seven points from final three fixtures

Dean Smith. 'Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Dean Smith. 'Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Annagh United players can enjoy a break from the pressure of relegation fear this weekend - before what coach Dean Smith considers three cup finals to close out the Championship One campaign.

United sit clear of the bottom two teams, Lisburn Distillery and Donegal Celtic, with Bangor in sight and both having played 23 league games.

Uncertainty remains over how many sides will face the risk of relegation out of the Irish League’s second-tier structure but Smith’s focus is on in-house returns rather than outside factors.

“We cannot afford to worry about other teams or anything else,” said Smith. “We can only control our own performances and that must be the prime concern.

“It is a difficult situation but not beyond hope and we can face a blank weekend before away trips to Knockbreda and Loughgall ahead of Donegal Celtic at home on the final day.

“Seven points is probably the target, taking into account the lead Bangor have at present and our negative goal difference.

“Last weekend’s 2-0 defeat by Institute was harsh as the game proved even up until a penalty decision we felt was harsh at the very least.

“We were competitive for most of the match and that commitment will be key to keeping us up over the final few games.”