KEITH HEGARTY has been about the business long enough to know that these early weeks can be deceiving, but the Lagan Harps manager can still be happy with his side’s start to the new season.
In reaching the Letterkenny Area final of the Brian McCormick Cup, Lagan have defeated Milford United and Drumoghill FC.
Last year, Drumoghill were Premier Division champions and Milford the runners-up, while Lagan are back in the top flight this year after clinching last season’s Division One title.
On Sunday, Lagan defeated Drumoghill 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in a pulsating derby at The Moss on an afternoon when Hegarty could be confident looking forward to the challenge of the Premier Division.
“I thought the boys dug deep,” he told Donegal Sport Hub.
“We’re happy enough with the performance. We’re still working a bit on the shape of the team.
“Some of the players are still finding it a wee bit tricky to work the system, but we have to try and find our feet. The heart is in the team anyway and it should be a good enough season for us.”
Mark Hunter shot Lagan ahead only for Chris Malseed’s double to put Drumoghill in front, but Darren Doran’s equaliser forced extra time and, ultimately, penalties with Lagan surviving the sending off of Hunter.[adrotate group=”70″]
Hegarty said: “The bottom line is they saw what happened and responded. We held what we had and saw it through to get the result.
“We knew we had to defend the net when we were down to 10 men. They did the job and I’m proud of them.”
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