The U19s played Markethill Swifts on Saturday in the semi final of the Décor Cup but it didn’t go to plan. Markethill deservedly won the game 4-1 due to Lurgan’s poor performance and Markethill players wanting it more.
Markethill were 2 up after 15 minutes due to slack defending and commitment to close down the attackers. Lurgan had the best chances in the remaining half hour of the first period. Aaron Winters should’ve done better when well placed to score as he headed over the bar. Jack Evans was unlucky on two occasions. The half finished with Lurgan two goals behind.
The second half was a little better but Lurgan went 3 behind after Markethill were awarded a penalty which they scored. Lurgan made five changes by bringing on Blacoe, Wilson, McKinley, Crozier and Boyd. However, a fourth followed for Markethill despite Adam Craig making a good first save but a slow reaction from Jack O’Neill allowed the striker to score the rebound. Lurgan got a consolation with 3 minutes left as Mark Boyd scored the goal of the game with a 25 yard shot top corner of the goal.
A disappointing result for the team but that’s football as there will be good and bad. There were a half dozen players that had decent games with Jack Evans, Jonny Russell, Ryan Upton and Adam Craig all performing well, also Lewis McKinley for his 30 minute appearance despite just coming straight to game from the airport after 2 weeks away in Malta and finally Mark Boyd with his first goal of the season and what a goal. That goal of Mark’s kept up Lurgans record of scoring in all games this season. Congratulations to Markethill and good luck in the final.