GALBALLY manager John Moylan watched his side mix the sublime with the ridiculous as they cruised to Ulster Club IFC victory over Grange.
The Tyrone champions played some delightful football, picking off brilliant scores, but a hatful of missed goal chances raised some red warning flags.
Three times in each half, the Pearses could have hit the net, but failed to nail any of those golden opportunities. Credit must go to Grange goalkeeper David O’Hagan for a couple of fine saves, but on another day, such profligacy could prove costly.
“I thought we over-elaborated and just made bad choices. We could have had two or three goals in the first half, maybe two or three in the second half,” said Moylan.
“I think we went for goals at times when we didn’t need to go for goals. We could have put over the points and maybe made it a bit more comfortable. There was still a game to be played for at half-time.
“I’m very disappointed with it, it’s something for us to work on. It’s not good enough going forward in the competition to not be taking those chances. We’ll be punished down the line if we do that.
“In certain games you might only get one or two of those chances during the whole game, and you’ve got to take them, because if you don’t you might rue them at the end.”
Galbally hit ten points from play in a first half that saw them perform with freedom, flair and poise.
With the wind in their backs, they were well on their way by the interval, leading by eight and looking comfortable.
“I thought we played some very good football at times, we did cut them open, but I would be very disappointed with some of the stuff in front of goals.
“The pitch in Cross is very big and I was happy with that, we were trying to bring width to our game. We have a lot of fast young players and we were trying to use that to the best of our advantage.
“We would be happy with some of the movement, but I think we got tired, we’re coming to that point in the season where we have games coming thick and fast, and it’s very important to be able to bring the legs off the bench to freshen the thing up.”
Next up it’s Cavan champions Laragh United in a quarter-final tie on Sunday week, but it’s not something the Pearses boss has yet contemplated.
FULL REPORT AND REACTION FROM GALBALLY AND ROCK ULSTER CLUB GAMES IN TODAY’S TYRONE HERALD