Smyth has his sights set on important fifth place finish

Annadale coach Andy Smyth

Annadale coach Andy Smyth

Annadale have not given up on still taking that final and coveted fifth place in the league, to get automatic qualification into the Irish Hockey League.

“Our season starts next week,” said Annadale coach Andy Smyth.

“We have had a horrific run of games against the top sides. We have played, Banbridge, Instonians and Lisnagarvey and whilst we didn’t pick up any points I have been pleased with our performance.

“Our next three games are against Mossley, Harlequins and Kilkeel and those are the games that we need to win, if we are going to creep back up the table.

“We played Garvey who are second in the league and we are eighth and I think we took it to them and as the game went on, we got progressively better and I think we made them think.

“Everyone talks about us being a young team and yes we do have a couple of 16 year olds in the side. But we need the experience of players like Chris Campbell and David Robb and they are far from old.

“We need them as much as we need the younger players and they need to learn from the senior players.

“I just wanted the last four weeks out of the road and now we can hopefully begin to get points and you never know where we will be, come the end of the season.”




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