The first team travelled to Dungannon Tigers on Saturday and left shell shocked with a defeat, when the result should have been a comfortable Town victory if they’d taken their changes in the opening 10 minute spell.
Town started fantastically and should have went 1 up when Stewart missed a glorious chance in the opening two minutes. Soon after Cousins opened the scoring when he ran at the Tigers defence and fired home. Minutes later Cousins was guilty of missing a header from close range from a Parks cross. And then Stewart again missed a glorious chance from 6 yards when released by Cousins. Town paid for this and Tigers to their credit where clinical when a host of defence errors saw the Dungannon side score 3 to go in at half time 3-1 up.
Town started the second half much the same applying all the pressure but 10 minutes in and another defensive error gifted Tigers a fourth and all but sealed the game. Town made changes and introduced the returning Guy and new signing Henry Warren. Their impact was immediate. After a patient build up Warren guided a delighted ball across the box for Hamilton to claw one back. With minutes to go Cousins got his second but it was all too little too late as Tigers seen out the final couple of minutes to record the win.
A harsh lesson for the Lurgan men that chances must be taken in this league as all teams are capable of making you pay when they aren’t. Credit to Tigers who were ruthless with their opportunities and good luck for the rest of the season.