The Lurgan Town U13 LL side staged a great 2nd half comeback to beat Downpatrick in the league and come away with all 3 points under their belts. Town hadn’t beaten Downpatrick this season suffering heavy defeats at the beginning of the season and then narrowly getting defeated in the first game of the new year, going into this game we knew what to expect and how we would go about turning around our fortunes. The first 15 minutes of the game was very much even with both sides working hard looking for the breakthrough, unfortunately the same can’t be said for the Lurgan side in the second part of the first half. A Downpatrick free kick from 25 yards out was driven with pace at Bradley Brown who made the initial save but with the Town line slow to react Downpatrick capitalised and finished from close range. Downpatrick added to this tally soon after to make it 2-0. Bobby Jones wasn’t far away for Town when he picked up the ball in midfield and quickly realising the keeper was off his line only narrowly put the ball wide, however the Town players came in at half time to hear of the disappointment in their application of the game plan.
The old saying of football is a game of 2 halves really rang true in this game with Town coming out with a renewed determination to right the wrongs of the first half performance. Lurgans hard work paid off with a Cameron Mackay goal making it 6 from 7 games since the turn of the year, Downpatrick surprisingly changed their keeper at this stage despite the lad having a good game up until that point and Town made the new keeper suffer soon after with Jake Turner drawing the game level at 2 a piece. Town were now playing with the wind in their sails and Cameron Mackay further adding to his tally netting a brace on the day with a superb finish and almost added a third not long after when racing through on the keeper just misjudged his distance with a touch to many allowing the keeper to close the angle well and make the save.
A 15 minute period aside in the first half, Town were in control for most of the game with a solid defensive display from Aidan Cassidy, Luke Hammond, Ben Cuthbert and new signing Adam Vennard limiting the Downpatrick strikers to a few panicked shots from distance. Man of the match could go to any number of players but special mention must go to Cameron Mackay who must be every defenders nightmare with the form he is on at the minute with a return of 7 goals from 7 games since he rejoined us at Christmas and also to new signing Adam Vennard for a solid controlled display at the back.
Squad: Bradley Brown, Adam Vennard, Luke Hammond, Ben Cuthbert, Aidan Cassidy, Jake Turner, Sofia Mouhsine, Bobby Jones, Ben Hampton, Ronan Watkins, Cameron Mackay, Ethan Geddis, Brandon Boyce.