The U17s took on Castlewellan on Saturday at Dromore Leisure Centre. Lurgan were looking to get back to winning ways but continue to go into games without having the luxury of selecting from a full squad.
Lurgan started sluggishly again and this give Castlewellan confidence in the early stages of the game. It was Castlewellan deservedly scoring the first goal of the game after poor defending. Although Lurgan weren’t playing well they were still able to create scoring opportunities and it was Jack Evans blasting over the crossbar when probably should have scored. The equaliser eventually arrived when Lewis McKinley stepped up to score direct from a free kick for the second time this season. H-T 1-1
The second half was all about Lurgan and the missed opportunities to take the lead. There were scoring chances for Aaron Winters on 3 occasions, Adam Hall, Jonny Russell, Jack O’Neill and Pedro De Araujo but poor finishing ultimately was Lurgans downfall. It was Castlewellan despite riding their luck that ended up scoring the winning goal five minutes from the end. The referee awarded a soft free kick which the Castlewellan player struck but Adam Craig palmed to the side however Castlewellan players reacted quicker to tap in. F-T 1-2
The Lurgan players need to take a look at their inconsistent performances and get back to winning games. In defence Tim Millen was the standout player with Sammy Davidson and Lewis McKinley performing well in midfield.