The U17s played Dromara on Saturday in a 6 point game at Dromore Leisure Centre. Lurgan knew a win would shoot them up into the top half of the league. They started the game with a new formation by using Tim Millen and Jack Evans as wing backs. In the first 15 minutes of the game Lurgan should have been at least 6 up. Andy McIvor missed a couple of great chances with headers from Lewis McKinley corners, Tim Millen also headed over when best placed to score and Aaron Winters had a few opportunities with one effort flying over the crossbar as he opted for power instead of placement. However Lurgan eventually took the lead through route one football as Adam Craig’s clearance was dummied by Pedro De Araujo therefore the ball running into the path of Aaron Winters to score. Dromora improved as the half moved along and Lurgan had Adam Craig to thank for a couple of good saves. The equalising goal arrived via a penalty after Andy McIvor was judged to have brought down the Dromara attacker. H-T 1-1
Lurgan started quick in the second half and soon took the lead as Darragh Gray played a great cross into the box that Aaron Winters calmly controlled and placed into the net. Dromara almost responded with an equaliser but Adam Craig kept Lurgans lead intact. Lurgan then lost Lewis McKinley to an injury that looks likely to keep him out of the upcoming local derby against Craigavon therefore Lurgan had to bring Jack Evans back into the midfield 3. Lurgan created a few more openings with Jonny Russell almost scoring plus Gray and Evans hitting wide with left foot strikes. The game finished with Lurgan winning 2-1 and moving to 3rd place in the league.
It wasn’t the best performance of the season but a number of players performed well but the player of the game went to Aaron Winters for his 2 goals however credit to Adam Craig, Pedro De Araujo, Jack Evans, Brett Smyth and Darragh Gray for equally good performances.