Annagh night of cup glory to help with league form

Dean Smith.
Dean Smith.

Annagh United manager Dean Smith is calling on his cup heroes to push on and use Tuesday’s penalty shoot-out success as league motivation.

Marc Robinson produced three penalty saves in the shoot-out as Annagh claimed a memorable top-flight scalp by knocking out Glenavon in the League Cup.

Smith’s squad took the lead at Mourneview Park then had to battle back from 3-1 down before coming out on top after extra-time and penalty kicks.

It marked another major moment for an Annagh squad dominated by hometown players still adjusting to an inaugural season in NIFL Championship One.

“The league is always going to be our priority, with the target first and foremost survival in Championship One,” said Smith. “However, the goal now is to use last night and build on the feelgood factor across our league programme.

“It was another fantastic team performance, with everyone superb from first whistle to last.

“The squad is buzzing and such big nights mean so much to the club.

“We have come close in the past to beating teams placed in leagues above us but missed out, especially in two cup finals.

“To beat Glenavon was another step forward for this group and the togetherness makes every achievement mean so much more.

“There is real spirit on and off the pitch and our progress is testament to what can happen when you have quality players willing to work hard.”