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Dromore Amateurs boss Dean Brownlee says his side must start hitting the net, beginning against Iveagh tonight (Tuesday).  He also says early goals could be the key after they were beaten 1-0 by Kilroot on Saturday. Pic: Drew McWilliams
Dromore Amateurs boss Dean Brownlee says his side must start hitting the net, beginning against Iveagh tonight (Tuesday). He also says early goals could be the key after they were beaten 1-0 by Kilroot on Saturday. Pic: Drew McWilliams

Dromore Amateurs boss Dean Brownlee is pleading with his side to start taking their scoring chances.

The Ams went down 1-0 to Kilroot in their Division 1A season opener having spurned a plethora of opportunities.

“We couldn’t score furniture on Saturday, it was as simple as that,” said the new manager.

He’s hoping they’ll have found their shooting boots ahead of tonight’s visit to Iveagh (kick-off 6.45pm) and Saturday’s trip to Saintfield (kick-off 2pm).

“We’ve got to get points on board in these next two or three games before we hit a run of cup matches,” said Brownlee. “We don’t want to be going into that at the bottom of the table.

“That was actually the only positive for us after Saturday; that we’re not bottom. We could even have been top if we had score early on. I think it would have been about five or six in our favour but we couldn’t get the ball in the net at all.”

Tonight’s opponents Iveagh had a 2-0 victory in their opener on Saturday while Saintfield, who Amateurs play this weekend, lost 2-1.

“It’ll be a tough game for us on the 3G at Iveagh,” conceded Brownlee.

“We just need to play the way we have been playing but actually take our chances up front though.

“We played really well on Saturday but they had one break up the pitch and they scored.

“Our defence and midfield played well, we don’t need to change much.

“I spoke to the referee after the game and he said he reckoned we had 15 good chances and it just didn’t go in.

“It wasn’t just the strikers missing chances though. We had a corner kick and a free header two yards out. The referee said he was on his way to the half-way line for the restart but we missed it.

“It’s very frustrating, especially watching from the sidelines. Getting an early goal in these two games would really take the pressure off.”