Annagh keep focus on performances over tally of points

Celebrating kit sponsorship at Annagh United with club official Alan Flavelle (second left) is Sam Al Janabi (Murray Tyres).
Celebrating kit sponsorship at Annagh United with club official Alan Flavelle (second left) is Sam Al Janabi (Murray Tyres).

Annagh United coach Dean Smith is urging the squad to look beyond the black and white statistics and focus on the performance positives from Saturday.

United suffered a second successive NIFL Championship reverse as Larne left Tandragee Road on top with a 4-0 victory.

It left Annagh’s backroom staff having to analyse another loss in the aftermath of the opening weekend’s 3-1 reverse at Ballyclare Comrades.

However, Smith is keen to see a repeat of the display in Saturday’s Larne reverse - but with a future end product for the endeavour.

“If we produce another display similar to the Larne match then results will come down the line,” said Smith. “We were actually more disappointed after the Ballyclare match as the feeling in the changing room was we failed to meet the expected commitment levels.

“In the Larne match, we were the better side over the first half but conceded a second soon after the half-time break, so it killed the match.

“The work-rate did not disappoint, especially compared to the Ballyclare game.

“We had chances but could not get a goal and, as stupid as it may sound, must be pleased overall.

“Obviously when you concede four goals you take a look at the team’s defensive display and will pinpoint problem areas.

“But we cannot fault the effort put in, especially by such a depleted side.”

Annagh will be aiming to kick the season into life tonight (Friday) with a derby date at Tandragee Road against Loughgall - with both clubs sharing a spot on the bottom of the standings as well as geographical links.

“Loughgall sit in a similar position to us so, although never a must-win match so early in the season, is a chance for one side to get a welcome result,” said Smith. “We have signed Pauddy Judge from Portadown so he can come into contention for selection, plus we hope to have others back available for the Loughgall and Glentoran games.

“Both fixtures are at home and we certainly want to make the most of playing at Tandragee Road, especially with league points at stake.

“Last season was our first at this level but now we want to use that experience gained to push on.

“It is going to be tough to survive but our home form could play a big part in how the season develops for the club.”

Kick-off tonight (Friday) at Tandragee Road against Annagh United will be 7.45, with the same time scheduled for Tuesday’s NIFL League Cup tie at home to Glentoran.