Lurgan get revenge over error-prone Glebe after early three-goal salvo

BACK OF THE NET. Aaron Wilkinson finds the back of the net to put Glebe 2 up against Limavady on Saturday.INBM35-14 043SC.
BACK OF THE NET. Aaron Wilkinson finds the back of the net to put Glebe 2 up against Limavady on Saturday.INBM35-14 043SC.

Glebe Rangers travelled to Lurgan Celtic in the league having already beaten them 4-2 earlier in the season in the league cup.

However, the scoreline was reversed after a couple of early errors gave the home side the lead.

“To be honest we were masters of our own downfall on Saturday,” commented Manager Peter Cairns.

“We made three or four really bad mistakes which gave them goals and you can’t afford to do that against a good side like Lurgan Celtic. The game is always going to be tough enough without gifting them goals.

“The first half performance from us just wasn’t good enough, we were three goals down after half an hour, it was always going to be an uphill battle after that. In fairness the lads responded very well in the second half, they got their ears warmed in the changing room at half time and they came out and did their bit and were very, very good in the second half.

“When you look at the overall picture of the game we were very unlucky not to get something out of the game.

“There’s no doubt it’s frustrating to know we were more than capable of beating them. It’s frustrating for the club in general, its frustrating for the players and for the coaching staff.

“We’ve not really put a performance together, we are either scoring and being very clinical or we are playing really well and not getting the results.

“We played very, very well on Saturday, at some spells our football was exceptional. In the second half we gave Lurgan a real runaround but at 3-0 down it’s a tough job to come back.

“You can’t legislate for mistakes and its something we need to work at. The concentration and effort needs to be there from the start of the game and I think everyone knows that now.

“We had a new back four on Saturday because we were missing a few players through unavailability and injury so the defence played together for the first time and that’s hard at any level of football. They’re all very capable players and it wasn’t as if they haven’t been playing football, we just needed to do some shuffling around.

“It wasn’t like it was the back four who were our downfall, the goals came from poor individual mistakes and they ended up being very costly. They were really, really poor mistakes and there’s no other way of putting it.

“The big positive from Saturday is the way we played and we will definately take something out of it. There were some home truths told in the changing room, some boys had dropped their heads and kind of just thought here we go again and they didn’t work as hard as they should.

“I knew the quality was there and even at 3-0 if we had played the way we did in the second half for the last 15 minutes of the first half I believe we would have got something out of the game. That was disappointing that the three goals affected them so much.”

With a break in league action Cairns and his side will re-group and prepare for their next league encounter against Wakehurst.

“We have no game on Saturday, then we are at home to Wakehurst and then no games for another two weeks,” added Cairns.

“That’s very frustrating for everyone too. We want to get the lads playing together week in, week out. The gap in games baffles me. We had four games in ten days and now we will have two games in five weeks.

“We brought in a few players during the summer and it’s hard fitting players in if you aren’t getting a run of games. We will train this week and look forward to the Wakehurst game on Saturday and then we will look at arranging a friendly. I think if we throw a performance together we will hit someone for five or six. It’s a case of everything coming together.”