Wakehurst boss thrilled with first victory

Wakehurst manager Paul Muir receives a cheque from Mathew Wray, NI Regional Manager of Hayley Group for match sponsorship for the recent game against Dundela. Included is Wakehurst player and Hayley employee, John Alexander.
Wakehurst manager Paul Muir receives a cheque from Mathew Wray, NI Regional Manager of Hayley Group for match sponsorship for the recent game against Dundela. Included is Wakehurst player and Hayley employee, John Alexander.

Wakehurst manager Paul Muir was delighted as his side claimed their first victory of the season on Saturday.

The Ballymena men ended Tobermore United’s 100 per cent record in Belfast Telegraph Championship Two with a 1-0 win at Fortwilliam Park.

The result was even more impressive given that they had an incredible 15 players from their 28-man panel unavailable!

That meant manager Muir pulling on the boots for the first time in over a year and he admitted: “I felt like I had been hit by a bus on Sunday morning!”

Andy Laughlin grabbed the decisive goal for Wakehurst, after charging down a Tobermore clearance.

“We went with a 3-5-2 formation, which made it quite competitive in middle of park.

“Tobermore never really threatened the whole game. We had several chances to put them out of sight but poor finishing meant we had to hold on to the one goal lead, but it was a resolute display.

“Despite having no real shots to face, our goalkeeper Marc Maybin had an accomplished display, taking the pressure off the defence,” added Muir, who added a number of new faces before the transfer window closed last week.

Wakehurst team: Maybin, Millar, Swann, Muir, C McCaughern, R Young, Smiley, Ross, L McCaughern, Foster, Laughlin. Subs: Cairns, Stevenson, Price, G Young, Alexander.

Wakehurst face Tobermore again this Saturday, this time in the Craig Memorial North West Cup.