Lurgan Town U19s had a taste for goals as they faced newcomers to the league Portadown. This would be a test of the lads competence and discipline against what was ultimately a younger and less experienced Portadown side.
The scoring opened early in the first half with a right footed curler from just outside the penalty area from one of many of Lurgan’s new signings Archie O’Neill. Just minutes after, Sean McNally found himself in space 25 yards from goal after a Town corner had been cleared. Sean unleashed a bullet strike into the top left corner making it 2-0 to Lurgan. The boys in yellow then had a spell of pure class as more names were added to the scoresheet. Luke Kerr made it 3 with a cultured strike past the Portadown goalkeeper. Not long after, Peter Millen found the net making it 4-0. The boys were commended throughout for their excellent finishing in front of goal.
The fifth, once again converted by Luke Kerr, was another textbook strikers finish. Town were ruthless and found life in the first half easy. The sixth and seventh, scored in quick succession by Rileigh Jamison, would find Town in a very comfortable position as the second half approached. Luke and Rileigh, who were both in excellent form, scored the eighth and ninth respectively, completing their hat-tricks and all round a very convincing performance. As the second half grew closer, Town couldn’t resist but find the net again through intelligent finishing from Matthew Wells and David McNally. Town ended the half 11-0 to the good.
The second half proved tougher for Lurgan as they found scoring a tougher ask. However, Odrhan Meehan found the net with a stunning free kick from the half way line that looped up and over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. Town then scored again through Matthew Wells once more. 13-0. Town made all 3 substitutes at the half and these subs proved effective as Alex Wheelan found himself around the keeper to spot the ball home for 14. Peter Millen added to his goal tally once again as his shot from the edge of the area took a slight deflection taking it over the keeper but proving to powerful for the keeper. 15-0 Town. The last of a rampant Lurgan goal scoring masterclass came from a close range finish from Matthew Wells, completing his hat-trick and an excellent performance from the lad.
Town had a few minutes where discipline was lacked and they leaked 2 consolation goals but this would not put a dent on their excellent performance. All round it was a steady and consistent performance from the lads, who should be proud of their showcase. All the lads put in a great shift and are commended for their efforts. Final score 16-2. Well done lads.