The 17s took on local rivals Lurgan Celtic in the first of a double header. This game was a league match which Lurgan Town needed to win to move into the top half.
Lurgan Towns players were told before the game that they needed to raise their game another ten percent from the previous weeks good performance against Distillery. The players showed a willingness to get a positive result right from the first whistle. Lurgan Town played with freedom and composure which they had a few early half chances. Lewis McKinley had a couple of long range shots with one almost finding the bottom corner but Celtic keeper tipped it round the post. Tim Millen almost give Town the lead but watched in agony as his shot rattled the post. The Towns defence were pretty comfortable and stopping any attacking threat from Celtic. The first goal came the Towns way when the Celtic centre half slipped and this give Aaron Winters a chance to pounce on the loose ball which he calmly scored past the advancing keeper. They Celtic scored an equaliser against the run of play. The Town almost scored what would have been the goal of the season when Lewis McKinley hit a 40 yard pin point pass over the top of Celtics defence which Adam Hall hit on the volley first time but his shot was saved. In fact Adam had another shot which brought an excellent shot from the opposition keeper. H-T 1-1
Lurgan Town came out in the second half with Sammy Davidson leading the way in midfield and the front pairing of Hall and Winters working Celtics backline. Within minutes of the restart Lurgan Town restored their lead when Adam Hall scored from a Tim Millen assist. Lurgan Towns domination just continued and Jack Evans should have extended the lead but his left foot shot went wide. However, Jack Evans made up for the miss minutes later when he setup Aaron Winters from his second goal of the game. Then Lurgan Town made the game safe when a Lewis McKinley corner found the in form goalscorer Aaron Winters to score a lovely headed goal for his hattrick. F-T 4-1
This was a complete team performance from goalkeeper to forwards. The players of the game went to three players. Brett Smyth had a stormer in defence, Sammy Davidson was the midfield controller and up front Aaron Winters took his tally to eight for the season plus his work rate is superb.