Lurgan Town U11 LL were clearly back on form today with an emphatic win over Cliftonville. Town were quickly on the score sheet in the first minute with Aaron Kerr shooting through the defence into the bottom corner of the goal. They doubled the score soon afterwards following sustained pressure from Adam Furphy and Lukas Moles, whose defence splitting pass saw Christopher Heasley slot the ball past the Cliftonville keeper. Lurgan kept applying pressure with Jesse Turner and Christopher both going close. Cliftonville created an opportunity of their own but Conan McCafferty in goal produced a fine save from a firmly struck shot. In overall play Lurgan seemed quicker to the ball and stronger in the tackle with Calum Carson, Jesse and Lukas forcing good saves from the Cliftonville keeper. The increasing pressure on Cliftonville soon told – an excellent cross from Christopher saw Lukas shoot firmly into the net for another. Lurgan were quickly on the attack again with Josh Martin and Adam turning defence into attack, a through ball from Adam saw Christopher shoot just wide. A short kick out by the Cliftonville keeper saw Jesse react quicker than the Cliftonville defence and he clinically shot past the keeper. Adam produced a delightful through ball for Matthew Hughes whose shot was gratefully smothered by the keeper. More pressure from Lurgan saw a scramble in the box with Matthew hitting the crossbar, but Lurgan didn’t add anymore to their lead before half time.
In the second half Lurgan applied the pressure straight from kick off, with William Bleakes’ shot spilled by the Cliftonville keeper into his own net. Cliftonville raised their game but saw a firm shot miss the Lurgan goal post by a few inches. Cliftonville continued to press but lost the ball, with Josh sending Jesse clear, chipping the keeper. Daryl Houston and Darrach Woods were busy on the wings and both came close to increasing Lurgan’s tally. Liam Carroll had replaced Conan in goal and pulled off some difficult saves after good work by Cliftonville. At the other end Lukas had a chance to score but the keeper saved well and scrambled the ball clear, Matthew directing this clearance on to the bar. Calum also saw a good effort go just wide. A Lurgan corner saw William head firmly into the bottom corner of the goal for another. More pressure from Lurgan saw them win another corner. A good cross into the box saw Lukas leap acrobatically into the air for an excellent volley past the keeper. Lurgan were passing the ball beautifully and soon created another scoring opportunity, Matthew contolling the ball and zipping it past the keeper once again. Lurgan were not finished yet, William produced a good strike which the Cliftonville keeper got his hand to, but could not keep it out of the goal for the final goal of the game. The last action of the game saw Aaron’s fierce free kick go just inches wide. What a result, what a team performance.