‘Every game like a cup final’

HAND TO MOUTH. Action from Ballymoney Utd's 5-0 defeat to Lurgan Celtic on Saturday.INBM10-15 095SC.
HAND TO MOUTH. Action from Ballymoney Utd's 5-0 defeat to Lurgan Celtic on Saturday.INBM10-15 095SC.

Ballymoney United Manager Peter Cairns was philosophical about his side’s 5-0 defeat by table toppers Lurgan Celtic at the weekend.

The Toon boss was able to take positives from the game, played in horrendous conditions at the Riada Stadium.

TUMBLE DOWN. A Ballymoney player takes a tumble following a challenge from his Lurgan opponent on Saturday.INBM10-15 096SC.

TUMBLE DOWN. A Ballymoney player takes a tumble following a challenge from his Lurgan opponent on Saturday.INBM10-15 096SC.

“I went home on Saturday and thought about things,” said Peter. “I’m at a loss as to what to do. It seems to be when you are at the bottom of the table, everything seems to go against you. We just need a little bit of luck to be able to turn things around.

“We really weren’t expecting to get anything out of this game and we were also missing a few players which made a difference.

“I know the scoreline doesn’t suggest it but we actually played well for the first 35 minutes. Then they scored to go one up. They scored two goals late in the first half and that kind of knocked the stuffing out of us.

“We played with the wind in the second half and the boys did well.We played most of the second spell in their half but they scored two breakaway goals.

“The result didn’t really reflect the game. There’s no doubt Lurgan Celtic are a very good team and are very dangerous up front, but I thought we played well for the most part of it, we just couldn’t get the ball in the net.”

This weekend Ballymoney United have another tough encounter when they entertain Annagh at the Riada Stadium.

“Every game is like a cup final for us now. Annagh are a big physical side and this will be another tough game. I have most of the missing players back bar one who is out on suspension so that should help.

“Hopefully the dreadful conditions of the past couple of weeks will have gone and we can get the ball down and play some decent football.”

There’s no doubt the pressure is on the Ballymoney boss as his side languish on the bottom of the table, however Cairns has not given up hope of survival in Championship 2.

“We have talked about this and the last half dozen games will make or break our season. We knew March was always going to be an uphill battle and we still have Limavady and Portstewart to play. If we can get anything from these two games then that would help us a lot. We aren’t out of it yet but we have to start and pick up some form. In April we play all the teams around us so it will be a real battle and time for everyone to step up and show what they’re made of.”