The U17s went into the game on Saturday against Craigavon City with another player deciding to quit playing. This had now left the squad with only 12 players available to see the season out.
With Craigavon City sitting second in the league it was going to take a fully committed performance from Lurgan Town. Lurgan lost Jonny Russell to an injury after 15 minutes leaving Lurgan with only eleven players to complete to game. Both teams really wanted to win this game, although the football wasn’t great you couldn’t fault the commitment from both teams. Craigavon probably had the better of the scoring opportunities but with some great last ditch tackles from Millen, Russell, Smyth and Upton plus Adam Craig showing composure in goals the first half finished 0-0.
The second half was much the same however Lurgan came close when a Lewis McKinley free kick just went over and Aaron Winters had a shot well saved by the Craigavon keeper. Lurgans defence were commanding with the support of the midfield trio of McKinley, McIvor and Evans. However, Lurgan almost conceded on 2 occasions with a few minutes left but Adam Craig wanted a clean sheet so he wasn’t going to concede. The game finished scoreless.
The draw was probably a fair result and the Lurgan lads can take positives from the game as the battled and kept good focus. A number of players performed well with Jack O’Neill and Ryan Upton showing up and well but its was Brett Smyth and Jack Evans being selected as players of the match.