Lurgan Town 1st Team paid the price for two soft penalties, going down 3-2 to Bourneview Mill tonight at the Arena. The game very nearly didn’t go ahead with heavy rain and poor visibility putting it in doubt. But both teams wanted the game to go ahead and the referee duly obliged.
12 minutes in and Town probably wished he had called it off. Poor defending and a soft penalty saw the home lads 2-0 down. In between that, Aaron Kidd saved well to thwart the Bourneview pressure. This seemed to shake Town into gear and Henry Capper had a shot cleared off the line on 19 minutes, but just a minute later the new signing was on the score sheet, giving Town a glimmer of hope. Capper went close again on 23 minutes, but the Bourneview number 1 was in fine form. A blocked shot from John Guy and another from Kyle Cousins left the Lurgan lads frustrated, their play deserved more at this stage.
On 37 minutes the defining moment in the game. David Clarke was fouled in the Bourneview box for what seemed a clear penalty. The ref waved it away much to the dismay of the home crowd. Bourneview went up the other end and yes, you’ve guessed it, won themselves a penalty. Town had no arguments on that decision, but the challenge was no worse than what was turned down for them just 30 seconds prior. Bourneview scored and it remained 3-1 at the break.
Town looked a better outfit in the second half. Early on some great crosses into the box were dealt with by the Bourneview keeper. On 55 minutes, Bourneview were down to 10 men follow a shocking tackle on young Darragh Gray. Town had more chances on 63 minutes and one from Geoff Greenaway on 71 minutes but they couldn’t be converted. But just one minute later and Graeme McCoy pulled one back for Town. The same man hit the bar on 82 minutes and Town were camped in the opposition half. Fair play to Bourneview though, they dug in and fought for their win.
A difficult night for Town but all in all a decent start to the league campaign. No action for the lads this Saturday and this is followed up with two home cup games at the beginning of September.
Town: Kidd, Greenaway, Hoey, Clarke, Wing, Hamilton, Capper, Gray, McCoy, Guy, Cousins: Subs: Lindsay, Glenn, Warren.