The U17s took on unbeaten league leaders Lisburn Distillery minus McKinley, Millen and McMorris due to unavailability. Therefore numbers were stretched so goalkeeper Adam Craig played outfield and first team keeper Tyler Boyce was given permission to play in goals for the 17s.
Lurgan knew its was going to be tough as Distillery have been winning games comfortably so far this season. As the game kicked off Lurgan changed formation to restrict Distillerys passing game through the middle of the pitch. The first 10 minutes had passed without to many problems for Lurgan although it was plain to see Distillery liked to play at a high tempo therefore meaning Lurgans players had to be switched on. Lisburn did take the lead after 12 minutes as Lurgans midfield were caught out of position. Despite the setback Lurgans players were showing great character and commitment which was rewarded a few minutes later with an equaliser after Aaron Winters scored from link up with Sammy Davidson and Jack Evans. In fact Lurgans front line of Adam Hall and Aaron Winters were causing problems for the Distillery defence, also Lurgans defence of Russell, Upton, Smyth, McIvor and Craig were halting the majority of attacks from Distillery but a soft goal was conceded just before the half time whistle. H-T 1-2
The second half was end to end with good attacking play from both teams and credit to Lurgan they weren’t going to go down without giving everything. In fact Lurgan on two occasions should have equalised when Winters was found by strike partner Adam Hall but his shot was hit straight at the keeper and the second chance fell to team captain Russell for the day when right wing back Adam Craig hit a great cross to the back post for left wing back Jonny Russell who somehow seen his shot trickle past the post. Then with ten minutes left Lisburn’s striker completely fooled the referee by taking a blatant dive which unfortunately for Lurgan the ref pointed to the spot. F-T 1-3
The team put in an outstanding display but just fell short of an upset but the team can take confidence from the game and build on it. A number of players were in the running for player of the match but it went to Adam Craig and Andy McIvor.