Lurgan Town U19s, having won their last 2 matches, entertained Markethill at the Kernan pitches on Saturday. A wet rainy day and Lurgan won the kick off. Lurgan started strong and tested the Markethill keeper and had opportunities to open the scoring, even hitting the post. However it took a powerful run down the left from Blacoe who laid it off to Niall who sent a powerful driving cross across the box and there Fionan drove in a shot hitting the back of the net. 1-0 Lurgan.
At this point the coaches thought that we would go on to dominate the game however Markhill showed resilence and went close on several occasions, hitting the post and forcing Joshua into bringing down their centrforward who had broke through, rightly shown a yellow card. However a foul on the edge of Markethills box on Alex Woods resulted in a free kick where Alex drove the ball to the keepers right into the net. Half time 2 nil.
The second half started better with Lurgan in control and maintaining the pressure and it wasn’t long before Alex knabbed is second. A free kick, slightly to the right of the Markethill D on the edge of the box. Alex placed the ball and stroked a beautiful shit to the despairing keepers left. 3 nil. Lurgan kept up the pressure and shots from Simon, Adam, Niall and Denver kept the score at 3. However a 1-2 between Denver and Simon resulted in Timmy driving the ball across goal for Niall to run onto and slot the ball cooley into the net. 4 nil.
From a Markethill corner Lurgan broke with Timmy running into the Markethill penalty area, and although he could have passed it to Woodsie or Niall, went onto score himself with a low shot. 5 nil.
Lurgan tried to maintain a clean sheet but for a 10 minute spell after the fifth goal the lads let their concentration lapse and from numerous corners Markethill eventually got the goal that they sought. Final score Lurgan 5 Markethill 1.
Although the score line looked comfortable Lurgan endured some uncomfortable moments, but maintained their discipline and effort to produce that scoreline.
MOTM: Timmy Millen
Team : Joshua, Matthew, Blacoe, Ryan, Morgan, Adam L, Adam H, Timmy, Woodsie, Niall, Fionan, Denver, Travis, Jay and Ollie.