Lurgan Town LLU13s played East Coast Strikers on Saturday morning in the league at the Barbour playing fields & played out a very entertaining 3 – 3 draw.
Town started on the front foot & had a lot of the early pressure & on 8 mins they took the lead from a Dylan Alexander corner when Adhamh Towe rose highest to head home from 6 yards out. The game went from end to end over the next 20 mins with both defences holding strong & limiting both attack to just long range shots & the 1st half ended with the Town boys going into the break 1 – 0 up.
The 2nd half started a bit like the 1st half did with Town pushing forward & on 35 mins they won a succession of corners & with another great delivery from Dylan Alexander that found the on rushing Joey Mac Donald who’s volley was brilliantly saved by the East Coast keeper only for the rebound to fall to captain Patryk Suchonski who blasted a shot into the back of the net from 6 yards out. With Town now 2 – 0 up it looked like they would cruise to victory but on 43 mins they granted Strikers a life line with a poor bit of defending that let the forward in to score. making the score 2 – 1.
Town got on the attack straight from the restart & on 45 mins they increased their lead to 3 – 1 when Krisy Cassells played a lovely pass inside to Jamie Stringer who put Dylan Emerson in on the left side of the 18 yard box he cut the ball back to the in rushing Jamie Stokes who made no mistake with his left footed shot into the bottom right corner of the net.
Town then lost 2 of their most influential players to injury in Adhamh Towe & Shea Murphy & that seamed to swing things in the East Coast favour as in the last 10 mins they scored from 2 Town mistakes to make the final score 3 – 3. The boys were very disappointed having thrown away a 2 goal lead twice in the match but credit has to go to the East Coast Strikers team for the dogged determination they showed to fight back. It is always a good match between the 2 teams.
Squad – Diarmuid Whitmarsh , Conan Moore, Krisy Cassells, Patryk Suchonski, Ethan Browne, Joey Mac Donald, Adhamh Towe, Jamie Stringer, Andrew Orr, Shea Murphy, Dylan Alexander, Jamie Stokes, Luke Vennard, Dylan Emerson , Jack Calvert .