Town Reserves were back in action after almost a months break, but there was no sign of rustiness as they gained the 3 points at home to Craigavon City.
Town started on the front foot, moving the ball quickly and creating chances. Matt Hollis was seeing a lot of the ball and causing the Craigavon right back a lot of problems. Indeed the opening goal came when Hollis cut inside and his shot across goal was parried into the path of Matt Irvine who slotted home.
The 1st half then became a story of missed chances as set pieces were scrambled clear, and shots flashed wide. A good penalty shout fell on deaf ears and it looked like the whistle would come without the extended lead that Towns attacking intent deserved. However Hollis eventually got on the scoresheet after he got in behind the full back and finished well. 2-0 at half time.
The start of the second half saw the Town midfield winning their battles in the tackle and displaying some nice possession football without real cutting edge. The match was over as a contest at this stage but the attacking threat from Town had flattened, so McNally, Devlin and Boyce were introduced to liven the game up again.
The fresh legs injected more bite to the Town attack with Devlin stretching the left back and McNally using the ball smartly. Hollis soon got his second with another smart finish. Boyce was next to notch as he rose to meet a corner with a firm header.
The match finished with Hollis once again getting in behind the defence and finishing superbly, for a deserved hat trick. A solid performance from every player, and good result to start the year for the team.
Team: Tyler Boyce, McIvor, Carson, Freeburn, Wing, Stokes (c), Glenn, Trainor, Irvine, McMahon, Hollis
Subs: James McNally (Glenn), Jamie Boyce (Irvine), Devlin (McMahon) Bunting