Town hosted local rivals on Saturday past. Manager Chris Kelly handed under 16 players Mark Lucas and Darragh Gray their debuts with both lads in the starting line-up. Town started the game well an got an early grip on the game dominating the midfield area. Hoey and Gray through the middle with Lindsay and young Lucas causing problems down the wings. The opening goal came when James Lindsay played David Hamilton down the wing, Hamilton then jinked his way through the Oxford defence beating 3 men, and calming slotting the ball home from close range. Despite Town’s dominance they failed to extend their lead until the closing minutes of the half. This came when a superbly whipped Jack McNally free kick was met at the back post by Steven White, his bullet header gave the keeper now chance.
Conditions in the 2nd half were difficult and Town found it hard to advance up the pitch with any high balls getting caught in the wind. Despite this the defence and keeper Matthew Clarke making his return to the club were resolute and dealt with anything Oxford threw at them. Town killed the game in the final 10 minutes when good play from Hamilton and persistence from Mark Lucas saw the ball spit out to Jonny Hoey who slotted neatly into the corner from inside the box.
A good all round performance from Town to put some recent poor performances behind them. The icing on the cake was young Mark Lucas picking up the Man of the Match award on debut. Town travel to Dungannon next week to take on the league leaders Dungannon Tigers.
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