Venue change no excuse for defeat

Strabane Athletic were forced to forfeit home advantage in the Irish Cup on Saturday.


STRABANE Athletic’s short sojourn in the Tennents Irish Cup has been anything but uneventful. They were mistakenly left out of the first round draw due to an IFA oversight, and then on Friday, just hours before their second round clash with Newcastle, they were informed that they would have to forfeit home advantage.
Because of that, the game was switched to County Down, which caused more added stress to the occasion for both sides than was necessary. However, despite losing 3-0, Athletic manager, Neil Carlin was keen to stress that he wasn’t going to use the pitch issue as an excuse.
“It’s one of those things. It’s frustrating, but at the end of the day it’s no excuse for our performance. We should have beaten them. The pitch issue should be a footnote and I’m certainly not going to use it as an excuse,” Carlin said.

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