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Promotion race is all but over, admits Clarke as Dergview lose again

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Promotion race is all but over, admits Clarke as Dergview lose again thumbnailRyan Campbell gave Dergview the lead after only a minute against PSNI at Darragh Park but the visitors pegged the local side back and claimed a 2-1 victory.

DERGVIEW raced into an early lead but were made to pay for a sloppy defensive performance as PSNI took all three points at Darragh Park on Saturday.

DERGVIEW .... 1
PSNI... 2

Ryan Campbell opened the scoring after only a minute after good work from Ivan Sproule but Richard Clarke's side were pegged back by two first-half PSNI goals with Ashton McDermott bagging a brace.

The result all but ends Dergview's bid for a place in the top two, admits manager Richard Clarke.

"It was a familiar story for us, we've had some rotten luck since the league split," said Clarke.

"It's very disappointing. We played some great football, we were by far the better team but we were punished for missing some gilt edged chances and a couple of costly defensive mistakes.

"The players and I are frustrated. To be honest this result means our promotion hunt is all but over.

"We haven't had the rub of the green at times, we missed a hat-load of gilt edged chances in the last couple of games and the strikers have to take the responsibility for that.

"We could have been three or four goals up on Saturday but instead found ourselves down 2-1."

Richard Lecky twice went close and Matthew Buchanan had a good opportunity for the hosts in the first-half and the local side should perhaps have had a penalty when Sproule was brought in the area but referee Arnold Hunter waved play on.

Despite their positive performance, Clarke's side somehow found themselves trailing at the break.

Dergview created plenty of chances after the break but couldn't find an all-important second goal.

Falconer spurned the home side's best opportunity and Nathan Cashel also went close but it proved to be another frustrating afternoon for the Castlederg-based outfit.

Next up is a home match with local rivals Institute on Saturday and even though his side now have little to play for, Clarke insists his side are up for the challenge.

"We are too many points behind for a promotion chase now but that doesn't mean we will give up. We want a huge response against Institute and we hope to make home advantage count."

TEAM: McCusker, Walsh, Falconer, Wray, Buchanan, Burns (Wallace 68'), McManus, Cashel, I Sproule (Arkinson HT), Lecky (A Sproule 68), Campbell.

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