The 17s went into the game against Newry with 5 players missing but started the game strong which seen Lewis McKinley just off target with a few long range efforts. Lurgan continued to dominate the half with further opportunities falling to Winters and Russell. However when things are going against you it’s hard to get a break and this showed when Newry took the lead totally against the run of play.
Lurgan were still confident going into the second half and again seen scoring opportunities go begging again when Winters and Boyd missed the target. Lurgan almost got an equaliser when Lewis McKinley rattled the crossbar from 18 yards out at a tight angle. Then with 15 minutes left Lurgan lost shape and work rate deteriorated therefore allowing Newry score a further 2 goals. Lurgan could have pulled a goal back when Jack Evans won a penalty then stepped up to hit the crossbar.
A game with missing players, missed chances and missed penalty which adds to Lurgans continued run of defeats. However the positive from the game was an improved performance from the team. The players that showed improvement were Brett Smyth, Lewis McKinley, Jonny Russell and player of the game Jack O’Neill.