Boyle backing the Villagers to maintain focus

Gerald Boyle. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
Gerald Boyle. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Gerald Boyle is refusing to adjust his closing two league line-ups with the aim of protecting the Loughgall panel ahead of May’s Bob Radcliffe Cup final.

The Lakeview Park boss accepts the risk of injury or suspension in league dates against Annagh United and Ards before facing Armagh City on Saturday, May 6.

The derby date offers a thrilling finale to the season and opportunity for Loughgall to lift silverware at Lakeview Park in the last fixture of the campaign.

However, Boyle has dismissed the idea of planning protection of his players in advance.

“Results prove we obviously become much stronger with our most experienced players out on the field,” said Boyle. “In fact, that disruption of late has been the reason behind our disappointing run of results.

“But I do not see the benefits in holding back players or anything before the final.

“I feel we have a point to prove in those games against Annagh United and Ards ahead of the final as people from the outside maybe just see our recent results and think a certain way about the squad.

“From my viewpoint, we have been working back towards our best form and even the 2-0 defeat on Saturday to Institute featured a lot of positive performances.

“Our pride has been dented so we want to play to our potential in the remaining league games and I consider that the best way to prepare for a cup final.”

Kick-off at Lakeview Park tomorrow (Saturday) will be 3 o’clock.