Last Kick Blow For Reserves

2nd-team-2The Reserves traveled the short distance to Portadown to take on Hanover, in what was anticipated to be a tough encounter. There were two enforced changes to the starting line up as Scott McBride, a midfielder by trade, went above and beyond the call of duty by taking the goalkeepers gloves, and Alan Stokes came into midfield.

Town started brilliantly, learning the lesson from last week when they started slowly. Chances were created for Devlin and Irvine early on and the Hanover backline were under pressure from the first minute. The opening goal came from Andy McIvor, his first goal for Town seniors. He latched onto a pinpoint Glenn free kick and guided the ball expertly past the keeper. McIvor went on to take the man of the match with an assured performance.

The second goal arrived for a dominant Lurgan Town when Irvine headed in from another great Glenn delivery. Soon after Glenn picked up a knock and had to come off, a huge blow to the team. Half time 2-0 to the visitors.

The second half was a completely different story. Firstly Matt Irvine had to come off with a dead leg, another blow as the big striker has 10 goals this season already. Then Simon Freeburn picked up his second yellow card of the game, both unbelievably soft decisions by a referee that seemed intimidated by the home sideline and crowd. Hanover bombarded the Town penalty area with the long ball and Town were camped in their own half. The pressure told when they scored two quick goals.

Town dug in and defended well for the last twenty minutes, even when they lost a third player to injury when McNally was forced off, but their hearts were broken as a Hanover got a winner with the last kick of the game to steal the three points.

A lesson must be learnt from this team. They thought the game was won at 2-0 up but the effort and application must be consistent for the full 90 minutes. Hanover showed their experience and again brought the game to a scrappy battle, but they got the job done and sit top of the league tonight.

Team: McBride, McIvor, Parks, Freeburn, Bunting, McNally, Stokes, Jordan, Glenn, Devlin, Irvine. Subs: Scorah (Glenn), Evans (McNally), Greenaway (Irvine)