Lurgan Towns Mid Ulster Under 11s today made the short trip to The Annagh to take on Armagh City in the Mid Ulster Under 11 League Cup Semi- final. It was a cold and frosty morning for a game which was going to be a heated battle as both teams had finished top of their respective leagues leading up to this game. From the start Lurgan town played with their new- found intensity preventing Armagh from building from the back with Matthews pressing the kick out.
The mid field trio of Mulligan, Truesdale and Young breaking down the Armagh play, time after time , the first half was end to end with Lurgan creating the better chances but unable to get the break through to give them the lead . The back four of Mawhinney,McConville , McCambley and Brown had an outstanding game soaking up any attack that Armagh made .
The second half started off with McCartan , Mallon and Lyle introduced to continue with the same intensity as what Lurgan had finished the first half with , and the pressure was starting to show on the Armagh defence with , Mallon and McCartan going close but still unable to break the deadlock, both team continued to press for the goal that was eluding the teams , Armagh got their one and only clear chance in the game which the Lurgan Keeper Givans saved with confidence .
Finally the breakthrough came for Lurgan when a ball played by McCambley to Truesdale who made the pass to Mulligan on the wing,who split the Armagh defence with a ball to the on running McCartan who slotted home to give the Lurgan lads a well- deserved lead .
From here the lads never looked back and continued to press for the second,which finally came from a ball over the top which Mallon let bounce on front of him and then hit a screamer which went in to the top corner for 2-0 .
It was another refreshing and uplifting performance from the lads who thoroughly deserved the result, well done to all. Roll on the final in a few weeks against Glenavon . Just a final note we would like to say get well soon to Jack Crawford who sadly missed today’s game due to illness.