First league game of the season seen Lurgan Town LL13s take on one of the league’s new comers
The sides had previously met in a friendly the week before which Town won 4-1 but Town were under no allusion that this would be nothing but a difficult game. In a first half with very few chances Doyle started the better of the two sides and had the better possession. The Lurgan defence martialed superbly by Jamie Trainor and his back line nullified any threats that Doyle created and kept the opposition at bay. Lurgan grew into the game and finished the half the stronger creating good chances through Tom Hawthorne and Noah Davision
getting the better of their men down the wings. Striker Alex Dillon found himself unlucky to not hit the back of the net after finding himself in great position in the box but good defending from Doyle players put enough pressure on the shot to clear the danger.
Town started the second half in excellent fashion, using a high press to force the Doyle side into mistakes and winning the ball high up the pitch. Lurgan got their just rewards from a great start with Charlie Gorman producing the goods with a powerful strike out of the keepers reach to put Lurgan 1-0 ahead. Credit to Doyle, they fought back and found themselves level soon after with a well struck free kick which left the Town keeper with no chance.
Final score 1-1 which was a fair reflection of the match. Town’s defensive display was full of positives as they limited their opponents to very few chances. However, Town weren’t able to get into their normal fluid attacking play consistently throughout the match.
With only 13 players available Town were unable to freshen things up but the boys worked extremely hard until the final whistle. With the high work rate, tiredness proved a factor when entering the final third towards the end and Town were unable to find the killer ball to win the game. An okay start to the season but the boys themselves know they have a lot more in the locker and are egar to put in a good performance in their next game. Best on the day for Town, Jamie Trainor, Charlie Gorman and Aiden Brady. All had very good games.