It was back to league action on Saturday for the U17s as they made the short trip to Moira Park to play fellow newcomers to the league Ballyclare.
The game was barely 30 seconds old when a defensive error allowed the Ballyclare striker score past Adam Craig in the Lurgan goal. In fact Lurgan’s sloppy defensive play was causing major concerns which they were lucky not to fall further behind. However Lurgan were creating chances and it was Lewis McKinley influential in creating those, either from some link up play or from free kicks. Ross McMorris had a couple of efforts on target but it wasn’t to be. The first half finished with Lurgan getting more composed and settled after the shock of conceding very early.
Lurgan came out in the second half with a change in defence as Brett Smyth came on for Jack O’Neill. It was Ballyclare that almost doubled their lead after more calamitous defending however due to the reactions of Adam Craig it wasn’t to be for Ballyclare. Then with 25 minutes left on the watch Lurgan made two further changes with Sammy Davidson and Adam Hall entering the field of play. It was Adam Hall that almost got Lurgan level after firstly headed a Lewis McKinley header over and then a few minutes later the same combination this time seen Adam Hall hit the crossbar this time. The equaliser eventual arrived when Adam Hall on the right wing crossed to Pedro De Araujo who then set up Aaron Winters to score his fourth goal of the season. In fact he probably should’ve had a second in the game from the move of the match. It started when Ryan Upton played a great ball over the defence out to Adam Hall which he crossed into the penalty area for the oncoming Aaron Winters but unfortunately Aaron didn’t make great contact therefore the game finished all square at one apiece.
It wasn’t a great performance by Lurgan but a few individuals stood out with Adam Hall showing up well when coming of the bench, also Lewis McKinley has shown in the last two league games he is the play maker and finally Aaron Winters working hard for the team up front deservedly scoring the all important equaliser and getting the player of the match.