The first team made it 2 Intermediate A scalps in 2 weeks with a convincing win against Seapatrick in the Marshall Cup. The only change from the previous weeks squad was the absence of skipper Robin Carson. In came James Lindsay into the defence. Jonny Hoey took the armband and Aaron Greenaway returned to the squad after his holiday.
Town started the game slowly and found it hard to get into any sort of rhythm. Despite Seapatrick starting the better they didn’t really create much. After ten minutes Town opened the scoring against the run of play. A quick break down the left involving Wing, Crozier and McCoy saw Hamilton rise to head home McCoy’s cross. A defensive blunder two minute later handed Seapatrick a quick-fire equaliser. Town responded well and re-took the lead when Adam Wing curled in a superb strike from edge of the box. Town should have extended their lead to kill the game however the Seapatrick keeper made some fine saves from McCoy, Gray and Hamilton. However it was same again before the half another bit of poor defending saw Seapatrick head another equaliser to leave the game level at the break. 2-2.
The second half saw Town much more assertive with their attacking play. They again took the lead early on when McCoy’s shot was saved and Hamilton was in hand to knock in the rebound. Once again though Town surrendered the lead too easily after Seapatrick again, to their credit, struck back quickly. Despite giving the lead up three times it didn’t stop Town attacking and again they took the lead when McCoy weaved his way through the Seapatrick defence and pulled the ball back to Hamilton who secured his hat-trick as he rifled into the top corner. Hamilton then killed the game off when he cut inside to rifle home his fourth of the day. In the final minutes Town got a sixth when Aaron Greenaway unselfishly rounded the keeper to then played in Hamilton who made no mistake scoring his fifth goal of the afternoon. Final Score: Seapatrick 3-6 Lurgan Town.
The win sees Town into the 3rd Round of the Marshall Cup and a potential tie with either Oxford or Valley Rangers. Another good team performance against higher league opposition. Graeme McCoy was superb chipping in with 3 assists but without doubt the Man of the Match was David Hamilton who scored five, taking his seasons tally to nine – already passing his best ever goal return in a season and we are only into September.
Next up for Town is somewhat of a glamour tie as they host NIFL Premier side Banbridge Town to the Arena next Saturday in the Bob Radcliffe Cup.
Town Squad: T Boyce, Morrow, Clarke, Lindsay, Wing, Hoey, Trainor, Gray, Crozier, McCoy, Hamilton, Glenn, Hollis, A Greenaway