Loughgall players and fans celebrate Benji Magee’s late winner against Larne
Loughgall manager Dean Smith insists his players will remain humble and grounded, despite shocking Premiership champions Larne in one of the greatest moments in the club’s history.
Larne, who had goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson sent-off in the second half, were stunned when Benji Magee fired home a late winner at Lakeview Park on Tuesday.
The famous 1-0 win was a highlight of a sensational start to the campaign for last season’s Championship winners.
With a population of 282, Loughgall became Europe’s smallest settlement with a top-flight football club but the spirited Villagers have silenced doubters by storming into the top six.
Despite lacking the squad depth and financial resources of wealthier full-time rivals, Smith’s warriors have produced the fairytale story of the season so far.
With in form Cliftonville up next at Solitude on Saturday, Loughgall have little time to bask in the glory of a stunning victory over the Invermen but Smith says the Premiership new boys will take it all in their stride.
“I have no worries with the players getting carried away with one result,” insisted the Villagers chief.
“We don’t get carried away with one win or too disappointed with one defeat.
“The players are very level headed and they showed that last year when they were so far ahead in the Championship.
“There’s a fine line between arrogance and self-confidence and we always try to stay on the self-confident side of things.
“The players will enjoy the win over Larne but will be refreshed and ready to go on Saturday.
“Of course, we enjoyed Tuesday night — over the full 90 minutes we just about deserved it.
“It is right up there with my best moments inRead on belfasttelegraph.co.uk