Lurgan Town U19s made the long journey on Saturday to play Fivemiletown. The team were hampered again with players unavailable for the second week in a row. Then upon arrival they were originally told there wasn’t a referee however credit to Fivemiletown manager contacting a local referee asking if he was free to officiate, which he was.
The starting team had a couple of changes with Odhran Crozier making his debut at right back and Aaron Winters returning to the squad. Lurgan started strong and were testing the opposition keeper on a regular occurrence but it wasn’t until the 17th minute when Lurgan scored. Lewis McKinley cleverly outwitted the centre half when he deliberately let the ball through his legs therefore allowing Alex Woods to run towards the goal. However, Alex was fouled on the edge of the box but Alex wasn’t to be stopped as he curled a free kick into the goal to give Lurgan the lead. Lurgan continued firing in shots with Mark Boyd going close on 2 occasions, Aaron Winters, Lewis McKinley, Jack Evans and Andy McIvor all going close to extending their lead. The 2nd goal came in the 35th minute when Mark Boyd hit a great pass to Aaron Winters which he placed an excellent finish into the goal.
Fivemiletown made a few positional changes for the second half and it paid of when their captain Scott Johnston scored 2 minutes into the restart. Lurgan found themselves in a game at this stage despite dominating possession and shots. Lurgan could’ve been out of sight as they missed more chances. Then with 20 minutes left on the watch Lewis McKinley outwitted the defence once again when he back heeled a pass to Aaron Winters which he finished at the second attempt. Lurgan made their one and only substitution with 15 minutes left of the game as Rivaldo Teggart replaced an impressive Mark Boyd. Lurgans 4th goal came when another assist from Lewis McKinley via a free kick found Andy McIvor at the back post to score. The 5th and final goal of the game for Lurgan also came from another Lewis assist, this time he played a pass into Rivaldos run which left Rivaldo to strike with a great finish into the bottom corner.
An excellent win and performance from the team which was compact in defence as Keeper Adam Craig dealt with any challenging moments and he was well protected by Millen, Crozier, Smyth and O’Neill. However a wee mention for Lewis McKinley who had 3 assists in the game and Aaron Winters scoring twice on his return. Finally the team would like to wish a speedy recovery to the Fivemiletown player that had to be carried off with a knee injury.