The U17s played Newry City in a league game on Saturday. Lurgan Town had lost the previous two league games against Newry but won a recent cup game.
Newry started the game by controlling the early stages and had a great chance to take the lead but Adam Craig continued his great form with a good save. Lurgan almost took the lead when Lewis McKinley hit from distance however the shot went just over. The first goal of the game went to Lurgan when a Lewis McKinley cross was swept home by Andrew McIvor. Newry almost equalised within minutes but the striker hit over when well placed to score. The next goal was going to be the important one and it was Lurgan that doubled their lead, this time it was Jack Evans running onto a header from Jack O’Neill which Jack Evans struck a beautiful left foot shot past the Newry keeper. A third soon followed for Lurgan when Jack O’Neill drove into the penalty area from the left and confidently placed the ball in the opposition net. HT 3-0
Lurgan produced some excellent play in the second half and scored a fourth when Aaron Winters scored a well deserved goal when he hit home a Lewis McKinley corner. Newry threatened on occasions but found Lurgans defence of Russell, Upton, Smyth and Millen hard to break down. Lurgans fifth goal was an opportunist strike when Lewis McKinley hit a 45 yard free kick that ended up in the net which the Newry keeper flapped at. Newry got a consolation goal that should’ve been blown for offside however this didn’t deter Lurgan from playing with focus and confidence. The final goal and sixth for Lurgan was scored by Pedro De Araujo when he collected a long ball from keeper Adam Craig to confidently hit the net. FT 6-1
Another excellent team performance from the players that has seen them unbeaten in the month of February. The 17s picked up two wins and a draw by scoring 9 and conceding just two goals in the three games. The player of the game went to Jonathan Russell with Ryan Upton and Aaron Winters performing to a high standard.