Lurgans U17s travelled to Lisburn on Saturday with a depleted squad to play Hillsborough. Due to the absenteeism of players either through other plans and players deciding that football isn’t their thing anymore this left the team with only 11 players.
There had to be a change of formation to suit the 11 players. Lurgan started positively and created a couple of early chances and it was Lurgan taking the lead when Jack Evans found top scorer Aaron Winters who scored with an excellent finish into the top corner. The domination continued for Lurgan but the down side was missed chances. Firstly Tim Millen headed a Lewis McKinley corner wide then Aaron Winters also from a McKinley corner had his header cleared of the line with the ball then rebounding to Jack Oneill but his shot went wide. Pedro de Araujo was causing problems for Hillsborough on Lurgans right hand side. However in a 5 minute spell Lurgan went into self destruct mode when two soft goals were conceded due to poor defending. H-T 1-2
Lurgan came out in the second half looking to get back into the game and they were camped in Hillsborough half. Andy McIvor was enjoying his new role in centre midfield and was rewarded with his first goal of the season for the U17s when he received a pass from Pedro and initially seen his first shot saved but hit home the loose ball to equalise. Lurgan had more chances to take the lead, again from Lewis McKinley corners. Lurgan eventually went in front when Pedro De Araujo was upended in the penalty area therefore the ref awarding Lurgan their first penalty of the season. Lewis McKinley stepped up to calmly put Lurgan in the lead. Hillsborough got an equaliser with ten minutes left despite the player a few yards off-side. Jack O’Neill had a great chance to make himself the match winner but it wasn’t to be after he ran onto a Lewis McKinley free kick but unfortunately hit past the post from 2 yards out. F-T 3-3
Lurgan have found out lately that football can be a cruel game after only picking up one point from six in the last two games despite dominating both. However, Lurgan’s players give everything for 70 mins and it was Pedro De Araujo getting the player of the match.