Victorians coach Edwards wants to reverse fortunes

Victorians Coach Andy Edwards
Victorians Coach Andy Edwards

VICTORIANS coach Andy Edwards has had his fair share of ups a downs in his four seasons in charge and he is hoping to reverse the trend this term.

In year one Vics were relegated from the Premier league, the following season they narrowly missed out on promotion before achieving the feat last time around when they won the Senior One title.

Edwards makes no apology for insisting that mere survival is the aim this season and he is targetting games against teams in a similar predicament as the most importnat for obvious reasons.

He has already been in the dug out for one key fixture and that contest with Portadown 10 days ago finished honours even after a 2-2 draw at the Dub.

The Ports also came up last season after a rare win for the second tier team in the annual promotion-relegation play-off.

Jane McKimm’s side defeated Harlequins on that occasion while Lisnagarvey replaced Vics in Senior One after being relegated from the Premiership.

A glance at the early season results of the two relegated sides only serves to substantiate what Edwards has to say about the gap between the two divisions as both ‘Garvey and ‘Quins have been going great guns so far.

“There is definitely a big gap between the Premier League and Senior One and now we are up we have to get used to it and settle down.” he said.

“In Senior One last season we’d usually have the ball for 90 per cent of the time but it’s very different in the Premiership.

“There are certain games that are winnable and certain games that aren’t and we have to target the former.

“The teams I am talking about are Randalstown, Armagh and Portadown and we were disappointed not have won against them having been 2-0 up.

“But credit to them - they played very well in the second half although my players told me there was a ‘foot’ before their second goal but I didn’t see it.”