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Match Reaction

Patience Rewarded

CONOR McKendry admits his goal was worth the wait after netting against his former employers…

The winger would make it five goals for the season as his strike from distance took a deflection and landed in the back of the net.

The Stripes lost on the opening day against Larne and McKendry insists it is great to right that wrong.

“I think the first game of the season, we thought we should have won it or got something from it,” he added.

“We conceded our first home goal tonight but we have shown what we are about by getting the win.

“I have had loads of shots that haven’t gone into the back of the net.

“I’ve hit the crossbar and the stand a few times!

“It was worthwhile waiting for a goal and I’m delighted with it.”

A bumper crowd was in attendance on the Ballycastle Road and McKendry acknowledged that this helps the players on a weekly basis.

“The fans give you a bit of a lift,” he continued.

“When you get a massive crowd like tonight they cheer you on.

“They’re helping us get wins here at The Showgrounds.”

The Bannsiders face league leaders Cliftonville next weekend at The Showgrounds and McKendry knows the importance of keeping the back door tight against Paddy McLaughlin’s side.

“We have to keep on scoring goals and not conceding any,” he concluded.

“If we can do that then we will do well.

“The next game is a big one for us and hopefully we can beat them.”