Town hosted Laurelvale in the first round of the Tennents Irish Cup on Saturday and created a piece of club history by winning and advancing to the 2nd round of the competition for only the 2nd time in the club’s history.
Town were without Nathan Crozier, Matthew Johnston, Adam Glenn, Davy Trainor, Simon Freeburn who were all nursing injuries.
Town were excellent the early stages and were controlling possession and keeping the Vale defence and goalkeeper very busy and were unlucky not to be leading the game. Then came a sucker punch as Laurelvale took an unexpected lead when a corner wasn’t cleared and was headed in from breakdown. This is the way in stayed into the break.
The second half was much of the same with Town on top but struggling to breakdown the resolute Laurelvale team. When it seemed it wasn’t to be Town’s day Graeme McCoy latched onto a Greenaway passed and coolly lifted the ball over the Vale keeper from the edge of the area to give Town a deserved equaliser. This spurred town in to get the game finished in normal time and with five minutes remaining Town got the lead when Matt Irvine thumped home a superb winner with his left foot.
Town’s reward is an away tie against Ards Rangers in the second round on October 1st.
Town’s next game is their final Tuesday night fixture as they host local rivals Oxford at the Area in a 6.30 kick off.