Town travelled to Intermediate A side Camlough Rovers in the Bob Radcliffe cup on Saturday and came away with a fine victory to setup a 2nd round tie with Championship side Banbridge Town. Camlough started well and only for young Tyler Boyce in goals pulling off three brilliant saves in the early stages the game could have been very different. Town then got on the front foot and the front three of McCoy, Hamilton and Crozier were causing the Camlough defenders mayhem.
It wasn’t long before Town were awarded a penalty when Crozier was hacked down after beating two defenders. McCoy stepped up but put his spot kick over the bar. This didn’t effect town and they had the lead minutes later when David Hamilton turned his defender and struck home. Town doubled the lead soon after when they were awarded another penalty after Jonny Hoey was brought down. This time David Hamilton stepped up and doubled his tally and Town’s lead. Town should have had another penalty when Crozier again was upended in the box but the ref waved it away and from this Camlough broke and scored to get back into the game. It stayed like this until the half. Half Time: Camlough Rovers 1-2 Lurgan Town.
The second half was much the same. Town extended their lead early in the second half when Nathan Crozier’s free kick hit the top corner. Several chances later it was four for Town when Graeme McCoy’s cross found Crozier at the back post who thumped home. Camlough did get a goal back but it wasn’t long before Town sealed the game and Crozier grabbed his hat-trick as he weaved his way through the defence to slot into the bottom corner. Full Time: Camlough Rovers 2-5 Lurgan Town
This was a brilliant team display from Town to dismantle a team from the division above. Man of the match though was Nathan Crozier’s who’s performance and hat-trick deserves a special mention.
Town Squad: Tyler Boyce, Bill Morrow, Robin Carson (c), David Clarke, Adam Wing, Darragh Gray, Davy Trainor, Jonny Hoey, Graeme McCoy, Nathan Crozier, David Hamilton.
Subs: James Lindsay, Adam Glenn, Matt Hollis (all used).