Hawe happy with points over plaudits

Stephen Uprichard (left) and Steven Hawe will share the management role at Loughgall.
Stephen Uprichard (left) and Steven Hawe will share the management role at Loughgall.

The Loughgall philosophy under Stephen Uprichard and Steven Hawe may be based around passing football but Saturday proved a case of pragmatism over plaudits.

A first league win of the campaign arrived at the expense of Institute as Marcus Dallas fired home the only goal of the tough tussle at Lakeview Park.

It provided the Villagers with a welcome boost following a draw and defeat from the opening two NIFL Championship One tests.

The long league programme will provide numerous opportunities for Loughgall to settle into a passing rhythm but points on the scoreboard should hand everyone within the club a significant lift.

“We did not play especially well and had been better in the previous games but without getting any reward,” said Hawe, a joint manager at Loughgall alongside Uprichard. “We were probably fortunate to go into half-time on level terms but scored after the break and created some decent chances.

“Jamie Rea hit the crossbar and Institute finished with 10 men.

“However, credit must go to the team for sticking together, especially after a summer of quite a few changes.

“It is a group still making progress together but there was real defensive solidity from a backline not really used to playing as one unit.

“Stuart Mallen, Wilson Tavares, Ricky Copeland and Nicky Hudson worked really hard.

“Wesley Boyle made a real impact coming off the bench and players like John Uprichard and Mark Dane coming up from Mid-Ulster football will only get better with more minutes.

“The same goes for young Ross Wilson who enjoyed a really good Milk Cup with County Armagh and has so much promise.”

Loughgall face a blank schedule this weekend but Hawe is hoping to strengthen the panel if possible with some off-the-pitch business.

“We are still looking to add to the attacking options,” said Hawe. “We have some players coming back into the panel so that will help but would like to increase our threat in the final third.

“Although it is frustrating having a free weekend due to the Bob Radcliffe Cup, it can give us plenty of time to prepare for the next league match away to Bangor as we remain a work in progress.”