The Swifts returned home from Rathfriland on Saturday with a disappointing 5-3 defeat to Rathfriland Swifts.
There has been changes consistently in the Lurgan Town Swifts team especially in the defence. However, Lurgan started on the front foot as per instructions of coach Phil. The first goal of the game arrived after 4 minutes when Tim Millen setup Ryan Blacoe to score with a good finish. Lurgan could have been out of sight in the first 15 minutes. Lewis McKinley was creating numerous opportunities for team mates with his delivery and intelligence on the ball. Unfortunately like previous weeks Lurgan players just haven’t been clinical. Callum Watkins, Ollie Millar and Tim Millen all having chances to score. Then against the run of play Rathfriland scored a fortuitous goal to equalise. H-T 1-1
In a crazy 20 minute spell Lurgan found themselves 5-1 down with a number of factors. Alex Wheelan coming off injured, shambolic defending, lack of leadership and some super finishes. Credit to Rathfriland despite being second best in the first half they were a different team second half. They played with more creativity and their game management was good. Despite being 5-1 down Lurgan still mustered up more scoring chances with Watkins, McDonald, Leathem, McKinley and Millen missing. Then there was a little hope for Lurgan when Lewis whipped in a right foot cross for Callum to get his first goal of the season with a header. A third for Lurgan soon followed when Simon Wilson was pushed into midfield which he setup Ryan Blacoe to score his second goal of the game. F-T 3-5
There are times when you lose a game and take it on the chin but this was a tough one to take. There will be a lot of learning for this young team in the coming weeks and hopefully some more experienced players to come in to help this squad. Some players played well from Graham Bunting and Simon Wilson as a stand in centre half but the player that stood out was Lewis McKinley with his ability on the ball and delivery.