Ryan Doherty insists that Limavady United are more than just a one-trick pony as they continue their pursuit of major silverware this season.
Often lauded for their fluid brand of football, the Roesiders have been forced to grind out results in recent weeks to keep up their Premier Intermediate title bid.
They are also into the quarter-finals of the Intermediate Cup where they will play Lisburn Distillery this weekend.
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Midfielder Doherty believes his side will have to continue showcasing their versatility in the weeks ahead, and hopes it can lead to Andy Law’s side lifting a trophy at the end of the season.
Doherty told Match on Tuesday: “We started the league quite slowly, but then went on a good run.
“And now we are unbeaten in our last five league games, and we are digging out results which is a good sign.
“People have praised us for being a decent football team and we do try to play. But the last couple of games we have just had to dig in and get a result.
“I don’t think we have been at our best the past few games but the most important thing is the results.
“Last season we would have collapsed at times, but this season we have been playing well. Even when we go behind we respond.”
Saturday’s 2-0 win over Dollingstown was the latest show of resolve from Limavady.
The two sides went into the game level on points, but it would be Doherty and Co who would emerge with the spoils at Planter’s Park.
The midfielder bagged Limavady’s second goal after the break, following Alex Pomeroy’s sixth-minute penalty which broke the deadlock.
Limavady manager Andrew Law
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“It was a good win for us, against the form team in the league,” Doherty said.
“Dollingstown have been in great form recently, and we always find it tough going to their ground. So to come away with a 2-0 win was brilliant.
“We knew it was a big game and that we needed the points. We went into the game level on points so it shows you how close the teams have been this season.”
He added: “We have probably had about 10 penalties this season so they have been kind to us.
“Alex tucked it away, and to be fair to him he has been putting them away all season.
“My goal came at a good time, too. Just after the break. And after that we sort of controlled the game and never really gave Dollingstown any chances.
“I don’t know how many goals I have scored. I’m not really a goalscorer. I have a few in the cup competitions, but not as many in the league.”
Limavady are facing crunch time in their season.
After Saturday’s Intermediate Cup clash with the Whites they have back-to-back PIL fixtures against title rivals Bangor and Armagh City.
“They are all massive games,” Doherty said.
“We need to get something from the games against Bangor and Armagh if we want to finish at the top end of the league.
“We are not even talking about titles or promotion. We are just ticking each game off as it comes and trying to get as many points as we can.
“That’s all we can do.
“We have the quarter-final of the Intermediate Cup this weekend against Lisburn Distillery, so that is a massive game for us.
“We want to try and go all the way in the competition, but it will be a hard match as well.
“Our full focus is on that game and then we will worry about our league campaign.
“We have plenty of big games coming up and these are games we all enjoy.”
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