Lurgan Town Mid Under 11’s entertained Glenavon in the Cup at The Arena under the lights, and what an enthralling game it was.
From the first whistle Lurgan played with high intensity preventing Glenavon from getting out of their own half. The front three of Young, Brown and Mulligan worked relentlessly to pressure and force mistakes to be made by the Glenavon backline, unfortunately Lurgan just couldn’t get that opening chance they sought for a goal. Sam Truesdale bossed the middle of the park, winning every ball and distributing play to the wide men of Mawhinney and Wilson. The new pairing of McConville and McCambley at the back were solid, and the influence Cunningham had in nets dictating and influencing the players in front was very impressive.
Half Time 0-0.
The Second half started much the same with both teams lifting the level of intensity and performance. Glenavon came close in the opening few minutes of the Second half but for Cunningham who plucked the ball out of the air with ease. As both teams pressed for a goal it began to become clear that one goal was going to win the game. Unfortunately the free flowing football that Lurgan implemented down the wide areas didn’t have the desired outcome. Lurgan then introduced McCartan, Crawford, Lyle and Mallon into the game. It was hard for the boys to come into such a high intensity game but they coped with ease and all four made a great contributions to the Lurgan Town cause. Both sets of teams kept pushing for the winner, and on a counter attack Lurgan came closest with McConville chipping the keeper only for the ball to hit the crossbar. The referee then blew the whistle and we were set for penalties.
Full Time 0-0
Lurgan took an early lead in the penalties, unfortunately though this wasn’t long lived and eventually Town lost out 4-3. There was great respect shown between both sets of players and we at Lurgan Town, coaches and players would like to wish the Glenavon players and coaches all the best in the next round.
Although penalties are a cruel way to lose it was an excellent performance from all the boys. The shackles are off and the players expressed themselves all the over the pitch. Well Done to all.