Lurgan Town Reserves played their 1st home game in the league against Hill Street Reserves, and were unlucky not to come away with the three points. The match was a typical local derby, full of passion, attacking football and will to win.
Town started strongly and made most of the early running, but couldn’t make the most of it. Boyce placed a header wide when power may have been the better option and several corners were scrambled to safety. At the other end, the Hill Street striker showed good pace and strength to make himself several openings but didn’t trouble Redpath.
The deadlock was broken midway through the first half when Alan Stokes delivered a great set piece for Matt Irvine to head home. The lead was short lived however, as Redpath misjudged the flight of a Hill Street free kick and the game was level at half time after the lads survived a tough few minutes.
Harsh words were shared at half time about cutting out individual errors, but almost straight away Town let the Hill Street winger skip through several tackles and slide a ball through to their striker who finished powerfully.
Parry and Wiltshire entered the fray and this changed the game for Lurgan Town. Their pace forced Hill Street back and errors started to creep in. Irvine got in behind the centre half and was pulled to the ground in the box, a second yellow and a penalty the result. Irvine tucked the penalty away to level the scores.
Town created the majority of the chances in the last 20 minutes, but Hill Street were still dangerous in the break. Parry missed a glorious chance when clean through, Irvine had a volley go over the top, and a heavy touch let the top scorer down as it looked like he’d win the game. Finally he was denied in the final minute by a brilliant finger tip save from the Hill Street keeper.
This was a great performance from Lurgan Town that didn’t get the reward that it deserved.
Team: Redpath, Parks, White, Freeburn, Bunting, McNally, Stokes (c), McMahon, Devlin, Irvine, Boyce
Subs: Parry, Wiltshire, Turkington, Scorah