Frustration but Annagh still in the hunt

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

Annagh United entered last weekend having failed to score just once in the previous 24 league games but emerged from a two-match run inside four days with back-to-back blanks.

An inability to find the net at home to Banbridge Town on Saturday or during the midweek visit to Sport and Leisure Swifts left Annagh with clean sheets but points dropped in the race for NIFL Championship Two promotion.

Although disappointed with Saturday’s home draw, manager Dean Smith could only praise his depleted side for picking up a point from the midweek away test.

Annagh trail leaders Lurgan Celtic by five points but hold a slender gap over Limavady United in the fight for a top-two finish.

Smith takes confidence that Annagh’s future remains in the hands of the Tandragee Road club.

“It is all you can ask for with two games left,” said Smith. “The picture has not changed for us and promotion still remains the priority then we will deal with anything else afterwards.

“We face Celtic at home on the final game and it is looking as if everything will come down to that last weekend.

“However, our focus is the trip to Banbridge on Saturday and chance to improve on the disappointment of last weekend’s draw.

“We lacked that bit of composure and confidence on the ball last weekend, which is unusual for this squad.

“It was a different story on Tuesday away to Sport and Leisure Swifts as we had some key players ruled out but the young lads coped well with the physical challenge.

“We had quite a few positives from Tuesday.”