On Saturday the Swifts team with an average age of under 18 took on last seasons Res 3 winners Moneyslane Swifts.
The young Lurgan Swifts went in as underdogs but coach Phil thought this was an opportunity to maybe pull of a surprise result.
It was looking promising as the Lurgan Swifts lead at half-time 3-1 and performed at a very high level, tempo, desire and ability. They took the lead when Simon scored when running onto to flick header from Lewis McKinley. Moneyslane showed how dangerous they are as they equalised soon after. However, Lurgan took the lead again with a stunning finish from 16 year old Ethan Gorman. A third followed when great play from Adam Leathem setup Ryan Blacoe to score. Lurgan were unlucky not to extend their lead after Sean McNally watched a 30 yard shot hit the crossbar, Ryan Blacoe curled a left foot shot that also hit the crossbar then Callum Watkins headed over a Lewis McKinley free kick. H-T 3-1
The team received great praise for their first half showing but were informed that Moneyslane were still dangerous. Unfortunately, the young team didn’t get up to the same level in the half and found the number 11 for Moneyslane a difficult opponent as he added a further 3 goals to the one he already scored in the first half. Lurgan still had a couple of opportunities but Simon was unfortunate to watch a shot just go wide then Lewis played in Ryan Blacoe but his shot went over. Moneyslane got a 5th to kill the game. Josh Pugh made an excellent save when faced with a one v one. F-T 3-5
The match was a great spectacle and the Lurgan lads can count themselves unlucky not to get something from the game. Credit to Moneyslane for not giving up as their experience was the difference at the end. A number of players stood out for the Swifts especially the 16 year old lads Ethan, Tom, Mark and Sammy. The joint players of the match went to Adam Leathem who was just unstoppable especially the first half and Sammy Heare who was superb in the back 3 that consisted of 2 16 year olds and a 17 year old.