Lurgan Town travelled to The Annagh on Saturday to play Markethill Swifts and what a game of two halves it was.
The first half began with Lurgan controlling the play with some very neat expansive football being played throughout the pitch. The backline of Mawhinney, McCartan, McCambley, Wilson and Givans in nets, were rarely troubled. The breakthrough came when some intricate passing down the right hand side between Brown and Mawhinney led to Young slotting home from close quarters. The game continued with Lurgan controlling the ball and setting the high tempo that Markethill struggled with. Lurgan’s hard pressing paid off when they were awarded a corner that Wilson delivered with precision and Truesdale headed home with power from close range. With the wind in their sails Lurgan began to pass the ball with fluidity, the relentless Mulligan And Brown were causing havoc in the wide areas, however the Markethill keeper was in fine form and on a number of occasions pulled off some great saves from the front three. Fortunately, though with half time approaching Lurgan created another chance with some excellent sharp passing. The ball made it’s way from the defence into midfield then into attack were a nice lay off to Mawhinney seen the defender smash home from 25 yards into the top corner.
The second half saw a number of changes made, on came Woods, Matthews, Mallon and Lyle all contributing greatly to the Lurgan cause. Unfortunately though for Lurgan, Markethill came out in the second half with a very direct approach, using the spiralling wind to their advantage. Lurgan struggled to get to grips with this type of play and within ten minutes Markethill had scored two goals and were right back in the game. Lurgan continued to try and play football however this was broken up at times with some very strong tackling from Markethill. Lurgan did counter attack on a number of occasions as Markethill pressed for the equaliser unfortunately a lack of composure at the right moment was Lurgan’s downfall. As the clocked ticked on Lurgan began to control the game again and started to move the ball about the pitch nicely, enabling them to see the game out victorious. Best on the day for Lurgan Town were Brown and Young who both worked extremely hard all morning. The coaches and the players would like to say a “Get Well Soon” to Jack Crawford and Aodhan McConville.
Lurgan would also like to thank Markethill players and coaches for the competitive game.