U19s Lose Out In Derby

The U19s travelled to Drumgor on Saturday to play Craigavon City. Both teams were cancelling each other out in the early stages but the game changed when two poor referee decisions went against Lurgan. It was Lurgan that nearly opened the scoring when Ryan Blacoe headed a Lewis McKinley corner onto the post. Craigavon’s first goal came from a soft free kick on the half way line but 3 Lurgan defenders made errors therefore allowing Rhys to score with a good finish. The second decision was actually a really poor decision by the ref on the edge of Lurgans penalty area when a Craigavon player jumped on Lewis McKjnleys back but for some reason the ref awarded a free kick to Craigavon however credit to Rhys as he scored with a well placed free kick. Lurgan should have done better from Lewis McKinley corner kicks but 3 headers were weak. Then Lewis hit a free kick that nearly deceived the Craigavon keeper as it moved a few directions but the keeper managed to get a touch on it which a defender then cleared before Aaron Winters pounced. Craigavon then had a player sent off as he kicked out at Aaron Winters.

The second half started with Craigavon down to ten men that give Lurgan some hope however despite Lurgan having more of the ball they struggled to create any clear cut chances as Craigavon defended well. Tim Millen was close to getting a goal back as he attacked through Craigavon but was only let done by his finish. Then with about 15 minutes left Lurgan scored when a Lewis McKinley corner was headed towards goal by Jack O’Neill that was then glanced past the Craigavon keeper by Andy McIvor. Craigavon then went with 5 defenders and used their heads to waste time to hold out for a win. Lurgan were disappointed with their display and the defeat.

Lurgan only a few players that give decent performances with Adam Craig, Andy McIvor, Aaron Winters and player of the match Lewis McKinley.