Town Reserves were back in league action, and travelled to Markethill to face the Swifts Reserves. This was the second time in a month the teams had met, Town looking to avenge a 2-1 reverse at the Arena.
Both teams set their stall out to play a passing game on the impressive new 3G surface and the game was fairly free flowing in the first half. For the first 30 mins the game was pretty even, Jamie Boyce threatened after getting across his marker at the front post, and Adam Glenn saw a free kick somehow pushed out by the Markethill keeper. At the other end Simon Freeburn made a wonder block when it looked like Markethill would make the breakthrough.
Town were pressing the ball high up the pitch and the tempo started to disrupt Markethill, mistakes creeping into their passing and Town started to take advantage. They opened the scoring when Jack McNally stepped inside his marker and fired into the top corner. 1-0 at half time.
The second half started with the same high energy from Lurgan Town. The midfield of Trainor, Glenn and James McNally were dominant, winning every second ball and feeding the front three at every opportunity.
The second goal came when Jamie Boyce made a run in behind the defence, out muscled his marker and showed great composure to flick the ball past the keeper.
Markethill were finished as an attacking threat at that stage but continued to defend well, and their young keeper had a smashing game. Irvine, Bunting and Winter all had chances that went begging, and Jack McNally hit the post in a 20 minute spell before the end of the match.
A much improved performance from the lads, better energy, more chances created and very solid defensively. 2016 has been a great year for the Reserve team at Lurgan Town, a league title won, a solid start to life in a tougher division, and the introduction of several younger players to the squad is very exciting. Much more to come from this group of players in 2017!
McBride, McIvor, Stokes, Freeburn, Wing, James McNally, Glenn, Trainor, Irvine, Boyce, Jack McNally
Bunting (Jack McNally)