Town Reserves kicked off their season in O’Hara Cup action as they travelled to Ballymacash Rangers in Lisburn. Despite a number of injuries and holidays throughout the senior squad the team was strong, and it was great to see 4 of the under 19 squad included once again.
The game had a cagey start with both sides attempting to work each other out, and the defences were on top for the first 20 minutes. The game kicked into life however, when a through ball found Matt Irvine and he held off the defender and finished beyond the keeper. Other chances followed with Irvine shooting over and Houston clipping the bar. Ballymacash responded well after Towns missed chances and after a period of pressure they got their reward when they forced home a set piece. Half time 1-1.
Town lost captain Robin Carson at half time due to a knock he picked up in the first half which meant a defensive reshuffle with Scorah coming in at centre half. The message from the management was to get the midfield more involved and that’s exactly what happened as McIvor, McMahon and Glenn won the battle and the majority of second balls to keep the pressure on the home defence.
The pressure told as Andrew Houston scored to put his team ahead cutting in from the right hand side, and soon after Irvine made it 3-1 with a brilliant, composed finish from 18 yards. The lads saw the game out with Jack Evans scoring the 4th with a left foot finish after the keeper had bravely denied Irvine his hat trick.
A good start to the season in a tough cup game, best for Town was Adam Wing for his leadership in a very solid back line.