Lurgan 17s had to increase focus and commitment going into Saturday’s game against Ballyclare. The team have been struggling of late to get a consistency in their games however on Saturday every single played raised their performance.
Lurgan started strong and with McIvor, Evans and McKinley controlling the central midfield area which they helped create a few opportunities. Lewis McKinley released Pedro De Araujo down the left wing on a number of occasions however Ballyclare dealt with most of the threats. However, on one occasion Andrew McIvor didn’t get a good connection on a good scoring opportunity. Lurgan’s defence of Millen, Russell, Smyth and Upton showed they were in control as they restricted Ballyclare’s attacking threat. Adam Craig was only called into action on a couple of occasions which he comfortably dealt with. H-T 0-0
The second half was pretty much one way as Lurgan camped in Ballyclare’s half in the search of the opening goal. Lurgan almost took the lead but a Jack Evans shot was well saved by the Ballyclare keeper. The best chance for Lurgan came with 5 minutes left on the watch when Lewis McKinley swung in a corner kick but unfortunately Aaron Winters glanced his header wide. Then with one minute left of the game Ballyclare scored after a striker pounced on a mistake. F-T 0-1
The team was deflated on the sound of the final whistle as they had controlled the game but were punished for one error. However coaches Phil and Robin were delighted with the team performance and commitment even though it was a cruel way to lose a game. It’s important the team keep up this level and hopefully they will see luck go their way plus pick up victories that their performances deserve.