Lurgan Town hit the ground running on Saturday with a one sided affair versus an unknown quantity in Hillsborough Tigers.
From the first whistle blew Lurgan dictated proceedings with a high percentage of possession. The game was in its infancy when Lurgan scored with some excellent high pressing and clinical finishing. The attacking three of Young, Mulligan and Houston worked tirelessly forcing mistakes from the Hillsborough backline and continually keeping the Hillsborough defence camped deep in their own half. The scene was set and this pattern continued until half time with Lurgan going in on top winning comfortably.
The second half began and Hillsborough came out of the blocks fast and to their credit really took the game to Lurgan. Thankfully the Lurgan defence of Mawhinney, McConville, Wilson and Lyle were more than capable of dealing with anything that was threw at them. James Wright who made his debut for the Under 12s was outstanding in nets and gave the Lurgan defence confidence to deal with any problems the backline faced with his presence and communication in the goal.
Lurgan then began to get to grips with the game again and it wasn’t long before they continued to dominate possession with some slick passing and movement off the ball. Brown in the middle of the park pulling the strings and dictating the tempo in which Lurgan played.
Lurgan continued to press and this resulted in further goals being scored. Wright was then replaced by Givans who came in and was very steady in goals. Lyle who had a great game was then replaced with McCartan who came on and straight away lifted the tempo of the game again. his direct approach was rewarded with another goal. Mawhinney then came off after an exhausting performance that saw him up and down the line all morning with some excellent intricate play with Mulligan on the right hand side. Mawhinney was replaced by Truesdale who came in and controlled the middle of the park.
Midway through the second half it was clear that Lurgan would run out victorious, with a hard shift put in Young was replaced by Dos Santos another debutant. Dos Santos came on and again it was his direct approach that almost resulted in a goal.
The game was a learning curve for the young Lurgan team. All the players and coaches are aware that there will be sterner tests to be played however on Saturday they coped well with their transition into the Lisburn League from the Mid-Ulster League. Well done to all the boys who were involved on Saturday.
We would also like to congratulate Hillsborough Tigers who despite the scoreline kept going and made the game competitive were possible with lots of enthusiasm and great team spirit. Special mention to the Hillsborough keeper who was outstanding all morning. Well Done