The U13 Lisburn League squad recorded their first win of the year with an emphatic win over FC Bragga. The first half of the season had been a very steep learning curve for the boys, and with the coaches strengthening the squad at the beginning of the transfer window the coaches believe the early signs indicate that the second half of the season will shape up to be much more encouraging. We saw it last week against one of the best sides in the league and despite coming out the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline the result could very easily have been the other way around. The boys built on last weeks performance and went into this weeks game with a determination and an attitude that was second to none.
Lurgan went 1 nil up when Jake Turner quickly snatched on a lose ball in the box to drill past the keeper. Bragga equalised soon after when a ball crossed the byline and the boys stopped playing to inform the referee who hadn’t seen it, allowing Bragga a free shot at goal, lesson learned. Lurgan took the lead again shortly after with Peter Sharpe cutting in on the right to put the ball in the net with his first goal for the club on his debut match. Ronan Watkins was unfortunate soon after when heading a Peter Sharpe cross goanward which the keeper was able to catch.
Lurgan came in with a 2-1 lead at half time in what was a scrappy first half at times. The coaches made a couple of slight tweaks to the formation at half time, it took Town 5 minutes to settle at the beginning of the second half but when they did, they did in style. Another of the New signings Bobby Jones picked up a lose ball in Town half and made an excellent 30 yard pass to Cameron Mackay who used his strength and pace to hold of the chasing defender and cooly finished to stretch the Lurgan lead, this was followed shortly by Jake Turners second of the day and Lurgans 4th. Jake Rainer further added to that tally and could have got his second of the game soon after. Towns 6th goal of the day was finished by another of the new signings Ronan Watkins who opened his goal account with the club in fine style to finish off a great day at the office for the boys. Good character shown by the entire squad, who worked hard from start to finish.