Cup football arrived at The Arena tonight as the Ladies took on Banbridge Town Ladies in the quarter final of the NIWFA South 2 Divisional cup. The ladies quickly settled down and adapted to the stifling heat by taking the game to the away side. After a few half chances top scorer Kerry Taggart broke the deadlock on 15 minutes. On 33 minutes Steph Potts tapped in after the keeper made a good save but couldn’t hold the ball. Only for the Banbridge keeper being on top form, the home side would have been out of sight by half time. Half time score Lurgan Town Ladies 2 Banbridge Town ladies 0.
The second half began with the same pattern as the first with the away keeper again denying the Lurgan forwards with more saves. On 48th minute Rachel Davis replaced Lisa Goodman. Four minutes later and ex Banbridge player Tina Brush made it three for the home side with a tidy finish. Kerry Doubled her personal tally on 76 minute and was only denied a hat trick by the save of the match as the away keeper managed to push a block buster around the post. With 8 minutes remaining Lauren Thompson was tripped in the box and captain Tracy Orr dispatched the penalty beyond the excellent keeper. Final score Lurgan Town Ladies 5 Banabridge Town Ladies 0.
Manger Davy Welshman commented “Tonight we saw the need for a big squad this year as we had no fewer than 5 players unavailable from last weeks game, then during the warm up Debbie Douglas felt a twinge and it was decided not to risk her.. I felt the girls took the warm conditions in their stride as they attempted to get the ball down and play football from the back to the front. Special mention to the away keeper who pulled off a string of fine saves and kept the score to 5”.
E McClements, L Thompson, T Orr, F Welshman, D Brady, C Lynn, L Gibson, L Goodman, S Potts, T Brush, K Taggart. Subs R Davis replaced L Goodman on 48 mins. D Douglas not used.
Next up for the ladies is the daunting trip to Championship high flyers Portadown. The home side will be huge favourites playing two leagues above Town and sitting top of the championship. This will be the Town’s first ever Irish Cup match and all support would be welcomed. The game has a 7.30 kick off next Monday 13th at Annagh Utd’s ground in Portadown.