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Athletic motivation pleasing manager Curry.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Athletic motivation pleasing manager Curry. thumbnailAaron Porter got on the scoresheet for Strabane Athletic in their 4-0 win over Trojans.

STRABANE Athletic seem to be fitting in nicely at their temporary home at Spamount as their fine start to the NI Intermediate League continued on Saturday with a 4-0 win over Trojans.

STRABANE ATHLETIC..4
TROJANS..0

The visitors also came into the tie in good form after 4-1 wins over Newbuildings and Ardstraw in their opening two games, but goals from Conor Carlin, Aaron Porter, Gary Henderson in the first half effectively put the game to bed. Mickey Logue added the fourth for Strabane after the interval as Trojans ended the game with nine men.

"We're absolutely delighted with the three points," said Strabane manager Eamon Curry. "The first-half performance was very good, the boys came out and went at Trojans. At 3-0 at half-time, the game was buried. We capitalised well and took our chances.

"We had a game plan to nullify their front man, Dara McFadden. He's a big lad, and they were looking to hit him and feed off him, so we focused on counter-acting what they were doing.

"If Trojans had beaten us they would have would have went a point above us having played a game less, so it was important to go out and not let that happen. I let the players speak at half-time and everything they were saying was bang on. I warned them not to drop their standards." Saturday was Curry's third game in charge since Neil Carlin stepped away from the manager's role for personal reasons, and the former assistant manager is delighted about the start made by the side this season. After four games, Strabane sit top of the table, having scored 14 goals and conceded just one - a penalty.

"I've been involved with the boys over the year anyway, so the transition has been pretty seamless. I've tweaked wee bits and pieces, not a major overhaul.

"We're scoring loads and we aren't conceding many, that's important. If I'm being a wee bit rude, we probably could have went out in the second half on Saturday and scored a few more goals. But the lads were professional about things and kept the ball.

"I'm always wanting more in terms of goals and being ruthless with teams, but I can't fault the lads, they were brilliant." Strabane's usual home pitch, Melvin's pitch one, is currently undergoing redevelopment, and so the club have had to play their home games at neighbouring pitches. For Curry's players, the lack of a home pitch hasn't been a hindrance, and his players have mentally prepared themselves for playing at away grounds.

"Spamount isn't a bad pitch. It can be a bit boggy at times but I think most pitches at this time of the year are. I said to the players, 'it is what it is'. We have no control over it and you can't use it as an excuse for not performing or working well. Both teams have to play on the same pitch. Everybody understands it is temporary and we just have to get to work and deal with it." This weekend sees Strabane take on local rivals Ardstraw, but Curry refused to get caught up in the trappings of a derby match, insisting that "it's just another game." "Obviously they have Ivan Sproule who has come in. I don't need to tell you what he's achieved in the game, it's brilliant and well done to him.

"People see it as a derby match and people don't want to lose those games, but I'm of the mindset that I don't want to lose any game.

"We will go in, control what we can control, do a bit of research to see how they will approach the game and see if we can counteract that, just like we did against Trojans.

"We'll focus on us and keep everything the same. I know we are a young team but the boys are very self-motivated. I don't need to go in and start roaring and shouting. The training levels are high and I don't question anyone's motivation. These young lads are hungry to prove themselves."

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