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Poacher praise for Harps after shock win over Castlewellan

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

BALLYHOLLAND manager Stephen Poacher insists that Friday night's surprising victory over favourites Castlewellan will mean nothing if they don't win
in the next round of the Down Senior Club Championship.
The Harps bos was full of praise for his players who executed his game-plan brilliantly to pull off the shock of the opening round of the Down Club Championship in Pairc Esler on Friday night.
Castlewellan lead the Down All-County League and are many peoples' dark horse to wrestle the Senior title from Kilcoo this season. In his first season as manager, Poacher has come under criticism from some quarters for Ballyholland's defensive style but he was making no apologies at the weekend,
“It was ruthless and a fantastic game of football," said Poacher.
“Every team have their own style of football. I was challenged after the league game by a Castlewellan supporter about our style of football.
“Tonight was a counter-attacking style of football and you are entitled to play whatever way you want and if everyone played football the same way it would be a boring game. "It is a shock as we were massive outsiders, but it means nothing if we don't beat Drumgath in the next round."
And Poacher was full of praise for his lads who were relentless tacklers and accurate passers throughout the hour. "Castlewellan are running away with this league and scoring goals for fun so we were under no illusions the task we were facing here tonight coming into this game," he added.
“But full credit to the men, we had a game-plan, we were organised, we were very difficult to break down against a Castlewellan team who have been scoring at will and we kept them to one score in 30 minutes of football, which I thought was a credit to the lads.
“It boils down to work rate, attitude, commitment, hunger and desire and the boys in the field the should take all the credit for tonight they were first class."
The second round of the Down Senior Club championship takes place in August, while the remaining games of the opening round take place this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Sunday's clash between Kilcoo and Mayobridge the main attraction.

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