Town Reserves bowed out of the Junior Cup at the first hurdle against Dergview Reserves at the Gordon Playing Fields on Saturday. Drawing an Irish League Reserve side was always going to make the going tough, and so it proved on a tight pitch.
Both midfields cancelled each other out from the 1st minute, and it was clear that the game wasn’t going to have free flowing passing football. Dergview went in front when Town switch off down their right hand side and the striker finished well. It was 2-0 when sloppiness in the same area of the pitch was punished with a cross to the near post which was headed home. It wasn’t all one way traffic though, and town hit the woodwork twice from set pieces. The home side then got a lifeline when Matt Irvine capitalised on another good set piece delivery to slot home. Half time 1-2.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first with the game bypassing the midfield. Town might feel that they had more of the ball than Dergview but they failed to get their strikers into the game effectively, and clear chances were hard to come by.
Dergview got a third on the break to make it 3-1 and they defended well to see the game out. As scrappy a match as the team have been involved in, persistent stoppages in play for very soft fouls made it a frustrating afternoon. But lessons must be learnt in how to be more effective in situations like this.
Town: Craig, Stokes (c), Parks, Lindsay, Wing, McMahon, Glenn, Stewart, Houston, Irvine, Winters