Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Reddish frustrated as Delany deal falls through

Shane Reddish has missed out on making his first signing as Loughgall manager.

Reddish had line-up former Larne and Ards striker Derek Delany to bring added firepower to his attack, but the deal has fallen through at the last minute.

Reddish was installed as the new boss at Lakeview Park prior to Saturday's game with Lisburn Distillery and intends to strengthen his relegation threatened squad as soon as possible, but Delany won't be joining.

"I thought that everything had been sorted out with Derek, but he got back to me and his work commitments are going to make him unavailable on a few Saturday's over the next while and it's not really feasible for either of us," said Reddish.

The new Loughgall chief, however, is working hard to bring in new faces for Saturday's home game against Larne and he will have the club's recent captures Lee Mudd and Andrew Upritchard available in addition for this afternoon's trip to Donegal Celtic in addition to the squad that went down 2-1 to Lisburn Distillery on Saturday.

"I am confident with a couple of additions and a bit of organisation that I can lift the club out of the bottom three very quickly," said Reddish.

"I have watched three games now and Saturday was a bit of an eye-opener.

"If the lads perform like they did in the first-half then I will have to look at who stays and who goes, but the second-half performance was much better.

"We won the second-half 1-0, but could have scored two or even three goals and the signs were encouraging.

"We have Donegal Celtic, Larne and Limavady United in our next three games and those are matches we need to be getting something from if we are to achieve the aim of staying in the Premier League this season."

DC boss Paddy Kelly is also striving for survival and his troops got a boost on Saturday when they won 3-0 at home to Larne.

"It was our best performance of the season, but I have told the players that the job is only half done," said Kelly.

"We need to take something from the Loughgall game, but it will be tough.

"They have a new manager on-board now and have already beaten us 2-0 at our place this season."

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