Lurgans U17s went into the game on Saturday against Dromara on the back of 3 defeats in a row. The problem with the 3 previous defeats was down to poor finishing, so Lurgan knew that they needed a quick start. Lurgan dominated the early stages of the game with playmaker Lewis McKinley creating a number of chances for his teammates. There were chances for Adam Hall, Aaron Winters and Jonathan Russell but like previous weeks they were missed. Lurgan eventually took the lead when excellent wing play by Jonathan Russell set up Aaron Winters to score with a good finish. Dromara were hanging in by the fact Lurgans lack of killer instinct, it eventually caught up with Lurgan when Dromara equalised when a striker was first to react to tap in an Adam Craig save. Lurgan picked themselves up from the setback when Aaron Winters was tripped on the edge of the box therefore Lurgan being awarded a free-kick which Lewis McKinley stepped up to curl an 18 yard shot past the wall into the Dromara goal. H-T 2-1
The second half Lurgan stamped their authority on the game by dominating possession but were finding the Dromara keeper in inspired form as he was single handily keeping the score line down with saves from McKinley, Evans, Russell and De Araujo. The third goal for Lurgan eventually arrived when Andy McIvors cross was expertly headed in by Aaron Winters. Lurgans defence of McIvor, Upton, Smyth and Millen were in total control which left Adam Craig with very little to do. Aaron Winters finished of the goalscoring with Lurgans fourth and his hattrick after he received a pass from McKinley to hit a shot from 20 yards that took a wicked deflection pass the Dromara keeper. F-T 4-1
In a totally one-sided game which Lurgan controlled there were a number of stand-out players. The defensive unit were solid with Andy McIvor the pick of the defenders and chipping in with an assist. In midfield Ross McMorris and Jonathan Russell had excellent games but it was the front pairing of McKinley and Winters that were the standout players. Aaron Winters showed great work-rate and got a hat-trick but it was Lewis McKinley getting the player of the game as he showed excellent vision and skill as well as scoring a trademark free-kick.