Town Reserves played their first game in seven weeks as they travelled to Richhill to take on Richhill AFC Reserves in the league.
With no match in so long Town were rusty in the opening exchanges and the home team capitalised within a minute as their midfielder got on the end of a long throw to finish well. Life got even harder five minutes later when the Richhill centre half took the ball out of defence unchallenged and was able to take the time to send the ball home from long range with a fantastic effort.
This finally kicked Town into life and they upped their work rate and improved the defensive shape. Houston started to get some joy down the right and Town won a string of corners and free kicks but just couldn’t convert the chances, McBride and McMahon both going close with headers. Half time 2-0.
The message at half time was to up the workrate and test the keeper early and Town gave themselves hope inside five minutes when Trainor smashed a volley home at the back post and this kickstarted the team into some cracking football.
Irvine, Capper and Houston were seeing a lot more of the ball and started to make things happen. Capper pulled the sides level with a fierce angled strike as he broke in to the box.
Town were firmly in control at this point and the job was made slightly easier when the Richhill striker picked up a second yellow card. Houston then put his team ahead for the first time in the game as he headed home the rebound of his own attempt.
Richhill kept the trying to attack to get back in the game and Kidd had to make a few saves from distance, but his distribution and quick thinking were setting Town on the attack quickly. The fourth arrived as Bunting took a ball from the keeper and advanced down the left before pinging the ball into the box right onto Houston’s head for a bullet finish and a magnificent goal.
The best goal of the game was saved until last however. A wonderful team move and crisp passing ended with Houston being played in behind the fullback. He lifted his head and spotted Irvine arriving and the top scorer smashed home a volley from 16 yards that the keeper didn’t even see until it hit the net, a thumping finish fit to grace any game.
A good come from behind win for the team to get them going again after a long break.
The Town players, management and Supporters would like to send their best wishes to the Richhill player that suffered an horrific looking injury in the game, we hope it’s not as bad as feared and wish him a speedy recovery.
Kidd, Canning, Freeburn, McBride, Bunting, Hoey, Trainor, McMahon, Capper, Irvine, Houston
L Glenn (McMahon)