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Late equaliser denies Dergview a precious win

Knockbreda…..1
Dergview…1

DERGVIEW boss Ivan Sproule said Saturday had been a day off mixed emotions after a late equaliser by Brendan Bennett had denied his team a first league win since the beginning of October.

Bennett swooped just three minutes from time to cancel out a stunning first half opener by Marc McConnell to leave the bottom two sides having to settle for a share of the spoils.

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That was scant reward for Dergview, who had been the better team on the day but, not for the first time this season, they failed to translate a good performance into three points.

“I suppose that has been the story of our season so far,” said Sproule.

“Saturday was a very pleasing performance. It was a game we couldn’t afford to lose but one we needed to win.

“The tactics were first class and the application of the players was excellent. We dominated the game, Marc McConnell scores an absolute screamer and we create one or two other chances in the first half.

“We carried that on into the second half with a number of other missed chances and I just started to get the gut feeling that one slip and we would pay the price.

“Three minutes from the end we switch off for a split second from a long free kick and they equalise. That summed up the first half of our season in that we lack that cutting edge in the final third.

“But it’s a team thing, attackers, midfielders and defenders, there hasn’t been enough goals in the team and that is something which will have to be addressed.”

Dergview’s last victory was against Knockbreda back in October but in recent weeks there has been some signs that perhaps things are moving in the right direction.

On Saturday they we the better team against a Knockbreda side which had won three of their last four including victories over Loughgall, Ards and HW Welders. The game previous to that had been postponed owing to the weather and the one previous to that had been abandoned due to an injury to the PSNI keeper.

Dergview were 1-0 up in that particular game and well placed to go on and won it. Prior to that Sproule’s team had stopped the rot of five defeats with a 1-1 draw at Ballyclare Comrades.

Recent form would suggest there has been a steadying of the ship and with two and three games in hand over the clubs around them Dergview’s position isn’t perhaps as bad as it looks at first glance.

But Sproule knows better than anyone that his team needs to start winning games.

“Admittedly Knockbreda have won a few games recently and are a team in a good place right now,” added the Derg supremo.

“We restricted them to two shots on target before they got their goal.

“It was a very pleasing performance. We did the same at Ballyclare a few weeks back and I suppose things went against us in the PSNI game in that we were in a strong position when it was abandoned.

“But as I told the players after the game, it’s alright nullifying the opposition and being the better team but we need to start winning games. Ultimately that’s the long and short of it.”

Yesterday (Thursday) Dergview played old foes Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park and will meet the same opposition back in the same venue on Monday in the North West Senior Cup Final. Neither team has won the coveted trophy before.

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