Lessons To Be Learned

The Reserves started the game yesterday with a very disciplined and organised set up and whilst Ballymacash arguably had more of the ball in the first 20 minutes, the Lisburn side struggled to break down a resolute looking Lurgan side.

As the game progressed into the latter stages of the second half, Town began to press forward with some encouraging passages of play, but naturally, with pressing forward, gaps began to appear which an experienced and talented side like Ballymacash began to exploit. Adam Craig was quick off his line to snuff out moments of danger around the 18 yard box but unfortunately in the space of ten minutes Lurgan Town found themselves two nil down under similar circumstances to the previous week against Dollingstown. To add to a disappointing ten minutes of the game, Captain Davy Trainor had to leave the pitch through injury leading to a reshuffling off personnel.

The end of the first half saw Alex Woods and Ethan Bates get on the ball for Lurgan and create numerous half chances but the next goal in the game was going to be crucial and it went to Town. Niall McBride was rewarded for his efforts over the last few weeks scoring from close range.

Niall McBride on the score sheet for Reserves

The second half was a game of back and forth as both sides had chances to tip the game in their favour. Ballymacash posed a constant threat with the speed of their attacking two, whilst Lurgan were finding a lot of joy down the right hand side through Jordan Dawson.

On the back of five consecutive corners for Town, the game turned on its head in the 70th minute, when Lurgan were forced into another change at the back through injury as Matthew Johnston made way. Ballymacash consequently piled on the pressure and were awarded a penalty which they converted.

Experience showed in the end as the Lisburn side scored a fourth and despite a valiant attempt from the young Lurgan side, were able to see the game through to the final whistle. A disappointing day for the Reserves but one they will have to learn from and remedy.