It was a case of second v first, swifts v swifts, Lurgan Town v Moneyslane at a very windy Lurgan Town Arena.
Lurgan were looking to continue the good league form as the took on league leaders Moneyslane. Moneyslane were close to taking the lead but a great save from Josh Pugh kept it scoreless. Ethan Bates was making his first appearance at the club and was instrumental in everything good that Lurgan were doing. The Swifts were unlucky on several occasions with McBride, Watkins, Gregg and Ziggy all going close. Lurgan did take the lead when Ashley Gregg played a great through ball for Niall McBride to calmly tuck past the keeper. Then a lapse of concentration allowed Moneyslane number 8 score with a good finish. In fact Lurgan were allowing Moneyslane number 10 space and time which he started to control the game. H-T 1-1
Lurgan were spending more time in the oppositions half but couldn’t find a way through. Moneyslane took the lead after their number 8 was again not picked up as he thundered in a header from a corner kick. Lurgan pressed for an all important equaliser but it was a case of some inspired goalkeeping and wayward finishing that was frustrating Lurgan. It wasn’t to be as Lurgan lost to the best team in the league plus lose at home in the league for the first time in 2 seasons. F-T 1-2
Credit to the Lurgan lads they fought right to the end but it was just one of those days. Moneyslane are a team with a lot of experience and it showed at times. On the day Lurgans standout players were Morgan Smyth, Tim Millen, Ethan Bates and Ashley Gregg.