Annagh fall short from strong position but remain positive

Scott McCordick.
Scott McCordick.

Letting slip a 3-1 lead to finish with a point would prove, under normal circumstances, a cause for frustration within the Annagh United camp.

However, a share of the spoils from Saturday’s home test with Dergview provided Annagh with a positive, having entered the match facing one win from six fixtures.

An own goal and Scott McCordick double pushed Annagh into control despite Dergview breaking the deadlock in NIFL Championship One.

Dergview - under the guidance of former Ports favourite Richard Clarke - left Tandragee Road with a sense of relief at the ability to rescue a point. Annagh walked off the pitch disappointed with the draw on the day but in reflective mood over time.

“It helped to stop our bad run of results and, overall, we remain ahead of target in terms of points at this stage of a first season in Championship One,” said Dean Smith, the Annagh manager. “It is an adjustment period after getting promoted but even those disappointing results have featured good moments.

“We have been competitive in basically every game and that is encouraging moving forward.

“On Saturday, we dominated for long periods and managed to create and put away scoring opportunities.

“It felt like a defeat at the time under the circumstances but, looking back, we were very good for long periods.

“It was important to avoid another defeat and we were looking sharp in certain areas.

“The frustration overall is how, to be honest, we could be doing better despite just moving into the division.

“However, it is about working hard and sticking together.”

Annagh will enjoy a blank weekend but host Loughgall on Tuesday in the Bob Radcliffe Cup semi-final.

“The Bob Radcliffe Cup is a big competition for us and the Boxing Day final remains a great occasion,” said Smith. “We lost last season’s final but a derby semi-final does not need any extra motivation.”

Kick-off on Tuesday at Tandragee Road will be 7.45.