The boys made the short trip out to Drumgor to play the local rivals Craigavon City and came away with a comfortable 3-1 win.
The game started with Lurgan Town controlling play from the first minute, with Adam Glenn and Zygamantas Gargasas really dominating in the centre of the park, and using Jack McNally as an outlet on the left, they caused Craigavon serious problems. The pace of Towns forward line was causing serious issues for the home side and was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken. This came in the form of a well won header by Glenn sending Hamilton through on goal, only for him to be cut down and a penalty awarded. The ever dependable Ashley Gregg made no mistake from the spot, 1-0.
Goal of the game and most likely, goal of the season, came through Henry Capper who picked the ball up on the left, breezed past two Craigavon defenders and unleashed an unstoppable drive from 30 yards into the top left hand corner, to give the visitors a well-deserved 2-0 lead. More chances fell Lurgan’s way and really the game should have been out of sight, especially with Craigavon very lucky to have 11 men on the pitch at the break.
Second half started slack from a Lurgan Town point of view, allowing City to grow more into the match, and getting dragged into a scrappy affair, with their normal passing game being abandoned. Tyler Boyce was controlling things well at the back with and Carson, Adams and Smiley cleaning up anything coming their way. Craigavon mustered up a few chances, but the majority went high and wide. The 3 points were then sealed around the hour mark, when a through ball sent Capper on his way, and he made no mistake from just inside the box. Several changes were made at this point to get guys valuable minutes and resting players for other games that lie ahead.
Craigavon to their credit kept trying, with half chances falling their way, but couldn’t quite finish them off to muster up any sort of comeback. With around two minutes remaining, they did indeed get their consolation goal, when the Town defence switched off and the ball being poked past the undeserving Boyce.
Manager Dickson said: “Always great to be a part of the derby games, especially those in your league and come away with 3 points from your rivals patch after only really playing well for 30 mins of a match, also with no injuries or knocks. We look forward to the return fixture.”
Lurgan Town’s great start to the season continues with a trip to Iveagh United on Saturday in the Irish Cup, followed by Dromore Amateurs at home in the league the following week.