Davy Allen could be excused for having a few mixed emotions on Saturday when he learned that Lisnagarvey had beaten Randalstown 2-1 at Comber Road in one of several surprise results already this season.
Allen quit as coach of the Hillsborough club during the week before the game after ‘Garvey had gone down 6-1 to Ards in the Ulster Shield.
But even he could scarcely have imagined that his former charges would have beaten a side that was aiming to make it three wins in a row.
So why the mixed emotions? Well Allen has revealed that he is to work with Randalstown’s junior players for the time being and some of them came through the ranks to break into the current ‘Town first team.
So while he was, I am sure, happy to see ‘Garvey secure such a great result there might also have been a tinge of sadness at the outcome as he has now nailed his colours to the opposition mast.
It is a role that he has been undertaking for some time now even when he was in charge of ‘Garvey whom he has wished well for the future.
“I took the decision to step down due to work and family commitments and the pressures of my day job,” he explained.
“I live in Antrim and, the other night, for example, I wasn’t getting home until nearly 10pm so something had to give.”
Allen was in the post for some 18 months and steered ‘Garvey back into the top flight at the first attempt after they had been relegated in 2011/12.