Limavady United boss praises players after Cup win

Limavady United player manager Paul Owens INLV4015-214KDR

Limavady United player manager Paul Owens INLV4015-214KDR

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Limavady United manager Paul Owens has praised the “serious talent” in the dressing room after his team retained the Craig Memorial Cup against Institute but says the league campaign remains the priority

“For me it’s all about the result on nights like this, it’s all about making sure you do what you need to do to win,” he said

The jubiliant Limavady United team celebrate with the Craig Memorial Cup following the win over Institute at Moyola on Tuesday night. INLV0116-291KDR

The jubiliant Limavady United team celebrate with the Craig Memorial Cup following the win over Institute at Moyola on Tuesday night. INLV0116-291KDR

“I know that the sending off put us up against ten men but anyone who knows football will tell you that can be difficult.

“It certainly galvanised them, they got back into the game and to be honest it was nip and tuck at the end.

“However in saying that the goal was their only shot on target so we weren’t really that troubled that way.

“We hit the woodwork a couple of times as well although I think we were a little rusty having not played for a while.

“We could have made it a little easier for ourselves but cup finals are all about winning and that’s what we did.”

Having retained this trophy plus already having the North West Senior Cup in the bag, Owens wasn’t getting too far ahead of himself.

“I’m not getting drawn into that, we have had an okay season so far and that’s as much as I’ll say.

“I’ve said all along that it’s all about the league this season for us, although the focus has been the cups since the end of November.

“They are a nice distraction at times and of course it’s great to have the second one in the bag now.

“They are a great bunch of lads and there is some serious talent in that dressing room to be honest.

“Hopefully this is only the start of things to come for this group of players and we can go from strength to strength,” he concluded.