HAVING moved into the top six following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the PSNI, Dergview will bid to strengthen their league position further when they host Larne at Darragh Park tomorrow.
Two goals by returning striker Richard Lecky proved enough to see off the police challenge although it was far from plain sailing.
Everything appeared to be going according to plan for Castlederg men however the sending off of midfielder Blaine Burns for foul and abusive language going into the final quarter gave the visitors late hope.
A knee injury sustained by goalkeeper Jack Boggs further undermined Dergview’s winning position. And it took a stunning save by stand-in net-minder Neil Coulter three minutes from time to ensure the hosts finished with another clean sheet.
Watching boss Richard Clarke believes his team would have run out much more convincing winners had it not been for Burns’s dismissal.
“I thought we were the only team looking to win the game, they seemed happy to play one up front and make it hard for us to break them down.
“To be fair we struggled to break them down at times. We pressed higher up the pitch in second half and had we had 11 players on the pitch I think we would have went on to beat them three or four.
“The sending off gave them something to go for. Burnsy doesn’t need me to tell him it was a silly sending off. I’m sure he’s disappointed in himself. All things considered it was a good three points for us.”
On Saturday Dergview are back at Darragh Park to face familiar foes Larne.
The Castlederg outfit has played the Inver Park men three times this season already. The Derg side were defeated away in the league and were second best again in the fifth round of the Irish Cup when Paul Maguire scored the only goal of a gripping contest at Darragh Park.
A few weeks later Clarke’s charges gained sweet revenge by winning 3-0 in an Intermediate Cup. That was arguably Dergview’s most complete performance of the season and Clarke is looking for the same again ahead of the Intermediate Cup quarter-final clash against in-form Carrick Rangers..
The ex-Ports player confirmed goalkeeper Boggs was ruled out through injury and hinted he was considering reshuffling his pack. With one eye on the cup quarter-final the following week Clarke is keen to give a number of players much-needed game-time in preparation for the run in.
“First and foremost we’ll be going out to win the game,” added Clarke.
“The top five teams have broken away from the rest but we’d like to claw one or two of them back. Larne are one of those teams.”
Striker Stephen Sheridan, who missed Saturday’s game through injury, and Andy Devlin are likely to be included in Saturday’s squad.