The 17s faced a long journey to play national league side Maiden City in Greysteel. Lurgan were looking to improve on their quarter final appearance in the NIBFA Cup from last season but knew they would have to catch Maiden City on an off day plus Lurgan playing at a very high level.
The trip up didn’t start of well as the bus driver took a wrong turn therefore resulting in the team changing in the bus and arriving 5 minutes before kick off. Maiden City showed their quality from the first whistle by knocking the ball about with constant ease therefore Lurgan were chasing shadows. The one instruction Lurgan were given was to put pressure on the opposition and don’t let them play however with a two and half hour journey the players looked lethargic. Maiden City found themselves 5 up at half time and it could have been worse if it wasn’t for goalkeeper Adam Craig’s string of outstanding saves.
Lurgan went into the second half needing to show a little more determination and restrict the scoring opportunities and things did improve slightly with Maiden only getting another 3 goals. Lurgan’s one and only shot was hit be Aaron Winters but the opposition keeper made a smart save. It wasn’t a great performance or result but it’s a team that have been hit hard with the unavailability of players. Maiden City showed why they are top of their league and have a number of clubni players in their squad. The player of the match for Lurgan was undoubtedly Adam Craig. It’s back to normality next week for the team as they return to league action.