Lurgan Town Reserves opened their league campaign with an agonising defeat in Drumcoo, against Dungannon Rovers Reserves. The game proved an indication of how tough the standard is in Division 1, where mistakes are punished ruthlessly.
Town started strong and controlled the majority of the first half, creating multiple chances, with a poor final ball and weak finishing preventing them from taking the lead. Dungannon had one chance of note with Redpath equal to the effort despite seeing it late through a crowded penalty area.
The second half started as the first had finished, Town dominant in possession but wasteful in front of goal. They were punished in cruel fashion when a free kick was awarded when it looked like the striker had taken a dive, but he accepted the gift and fired into the top corner.
The response was positive from Town and they were spurred on even further when Dungannon were reduced to 10 men when their number 8 finally picked up a second booking after a string of nasty fouls. Soon after Matt Irvine equalised with a tap in after his initial effort was blocked by the keeper.
Chance after chance came and went in the last 20 minutes but 2 sucker punches came in the final minutes when Derrick Shaw was forced off with what looks to be a nasty knee injury, and Dungannon were awarded a penalty in the last minute. They tucked it away for the smash and grab win.
This was harsh on the lads after they controlled the game for long periods, but again the lesson is that mistakes at the back will be punished and games will be lost if chances are not taken, and they created enough to win 4 games here