As opening days of the season go Lurgan Town’s LL U16s could not have had a better day. They dominated the match from start to finish with a fine display of passing and possession football that belied their years. After the visiting goalkeeper had pulled off two absolute ‘worldies’ from Jamie McNeill and Jack Hogg Town could have thought it was going to be one of those days.
However they kept playing their game and a fine move that saw the ball switched through the team from Blacoe, playing left back, on the left of the whites’ box to Adam Leathem, playing right back on the right side of the box resulted in him being pulled back just as he was about to shoot and Blacoe tucked the penalty away with confidence. This rocked the visitors and Town seized on this when Jack Hogg latched on to a poor back pass and gave the keeper no chance with a low finish.
Half time came and saw the introduction of McGuckin and Gary Judt, who along with Morgan Smyth made their competitive debuts for Town. Seamlessly Town kept going from where they left of in the first half and after forcing a corner McNeill headed in from close range to make up for an early missed header years out to make it 3-0.
Town weren’t finished and good work down the left found Hogg in the box who drew the keeper and two defenders to him before laying up Dunbar for a simple finish and Wilson made it five of the best when he volleyed home from 10 yards out after another well worked corner.
Michael Hogg, Town’s manager said after the game that he was “pleased that all the hard work that the team had done in pre-season seemed to having a positive impact on the pitch”. He pointed out that there will be tougher the up coming weeks but all the signals were good.
Team: Hancock, Leathem, Blacoe (c), Smyth, Johansen, Wilson, Woods, Dunbar, Da Silva, Hogg, Mc Neill. Subs: Judt, McGuckin