The U13 girls have played 2 games in 3 days. On Saturday they travelled to Irvinestown to play Ballinamallard. On arrival the team were informed there was no referee which was disappointing for an important league game. With the long journey and the hot weather Lurgan probably produced their most disappointing performance this season as Ballinamallard won the game 5-1. There were a few questionable decisions by the home referee but Ballinamallard deserved the victory. Lurgans scorer was Maeve McConaghy with a super left foot finish and player of the game was Katie Gilmore followed closely by Nicole Owens.
Next up for the girls was a game against Banbridge Rangers on Monday night. This time a shorter trip and colder weather plus a 3-0 win. Lurgan started a little shaky with the Ballinamallard performance still in their minds. However, Maeve McConaghy started to get joy on the right wing and was causing all sorts of problems for the Banbridge defence. Also, Alex McILwaine and Ellie McBride were controlling the central midfield. Lurgan took the lead when Maeve’s corner deflected into the goal. The goal boosted Lurgan’s confidence and a second was to follow when Alex McILwaine played a precise pass for Katie Gilmore to run onto and calmly score. Banbridge Rangers were still a threat but found the Lurgan defence in better form with Chloe, Nicole and Ellie B not letting a lot through. On the few occasions Banbridge did get shots away Jessica was in good form. Kaitlyn was having a steady game on the left of midfield.
The second half Lurgan took their foot of the pedal which allowed Banbridge to pressurise Lurgan’s defence more. Lurgan definitely rode their luck a little more as chances for Banbridge went begging. Lurgan then introduced Amy Irwin for the last 15 minutes and she was unlucky not to have scored on 2 occasions. Maeve rattled the crossbar from distance. Alex just missed the target and Chloe Stewart was unfortunate as her header from a Maeve corner just went wide. However, Katie Gilmore had just returned to the pitch after a few minutes of due to a knock she picked up and scored Lurgan’s third after she pounced on a loose ball.
The performance was very much a team effort but special mention for Maeve and in particular Alex McILwaine as she refused to be substituted despite playing with an injury to her knee. The Lurgan girls have another long travel again this Saturday as they take on Killen Rangers in a top of the table clash in Omagh.