The seniors made the short trip to newly amalgamated AFC Silverwood on Tuesday night. Town knew it would be a tough game against the league favourites.
Town made five changes from Saturday’s disappointing start to the season with Matthew Johnston, Graeme McCoy, Aaron Greenaway, Matthew Freeburn and Adam Glenn all coming into the starting line-up.
The first half was an entertaining half. Silverwood had much of the early possession but never really work Matthew Freeburn in the Town goal. They had a run of several corners but to Town’s credit they defended them well. As the half progressed Town came more and more into the game and were playing some neat football in the midfield areas with Darragh Gray, Adam Glenn and Bill Morrow linking up well. It wasn’t long before Town created their best chances of the half. Bill Morrow went close after his weaving run through the Silverwood defence saw his shot blocked. And then a blocked shot from McCoy saw the ball break to Aaron Greenaway and he was unlucky not to score only for a fine save from the Silverwood keeper. The game swung both ways for the final minutes of the half but it was Town who again had the closet effort with a shot from distance from Adam Glenn being tipped over the bar.
Town were forced to make a change at the break as Adam Glenn picked up a knock. This seen Simon Freeburn enter the game and a slight re-shuffle to the team. Silverwood came out strong and bossed the possession in the second half creating a lot of half chances and winning numerous corners. Eventually the pressure paid off for them as they managed to find that inch of space to power home a header from a corner to take the lead. Town kept to their plan and remained patient in their approach and came agonisingly close to getting an equalizer when Nathan Crozier hit the post. His initial free kick was blocked, but his follow up volley just swung too much to clip the inside of the post to the despair of the Town players. Town pushed men forward in the closing stages, but to Silverwood’s credit they defended this quite calmly and the game finished 1-0.
Best on the night for Town were Darragh Gray, Jonny Hoey and Nathan Crozier.
Lots of positives to take from the Town performance against a very strong team, especially after the opening game disappointment and poor performance. Town’s next game is at home to Richhill of Saturday followed by another short trip to Craigavon City on Tuesday night. All support is welcomed and much appreciated.
Lurgan Town : Matthew Freeburn, Nathan Crozier, Robin Carson, Jonny Hoey, Matthew Johnston, Aaron Greenaway, Darragh Gray, Adam Glenn, James Lindsay, Bill Morrow, Graeme McCoy. Subs. Adam Wing, Simon Freeburn, David Hamilton