Lurgan Town MU U16s faced a tough challenge on Saturday as they took on Cookstown Youth in Cookstown. The game was played on a very poor pitch at Fairhill Recreation Grounds. The game started with Cookstown creating the most pressure which they continually missed the target or found Adam Craig in good form. Lurgan gradually grew into the game and had one great chance to take the lead when Jack Evans was released on goal however his shot went wide. The remainder of the half didn’t have a great flow to the game due to the uneven pitch. Lurgans defence stood firm until the half time whistle. H-T 0-0
The second half Lurgan made a couple of changes and started a lot brighter by attacking more. Nathan Stewart with his pace didn’t give the Cookstown defence anytime on the ball and he was very unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. Cookstown were still dangerous on the attack and Lurgan had the strong resolute defensive unit of Evans, Dickson, Millen and O’Neill to thank on a number of occasions. Then against the run of play sub Adam Halls pass found its way to Aaron Winters which Aaron showed great composure to open the scoring. However, Lurgan were on the end of yet another shocking referee’s decision when he awarded a penalty one minute later to Cookstown. Aaron Winters was adjudged to have fouled a Cookstown player when it was actually Aaron fouled plus the incident happened outside the penalty area. Cookstown scored from the resulting penalty to equalise, despite the injustice Lurgan continued in search for the winner and did come close on occasions but it wasn’t to be. F-T 1-1
Lurgan showed great team spirit and battling qualities to travel home with an excellent 1-1 draw and remain unbeaten against Cookstown this season for the first time in six seasons. A few players stood out but the defensive unit plus keeper Adam Craig were excellent with John Dickson and Tim Millen as joint players of the game.
Lurgan Town MU16s 1 -1 Cookstown Youth MU16s
Mid Ulster Youth League