Saturday saw an early kick off for the U11 Mid Ulster Predators at the Arena. They were up against a very strong Annalong side which has been the case with all the Predators opponents so far this season who are playing in a section above themselves compare to last season, so this game was always going to be a test.
The first half was a one sided affair with Annalong dictating the play and pressing Lurgan back in their own half. There was some good defensive work especially from the midfield duo of Ben Allen and Jude Treanor but there was a spark lacking in Lurgan’s passing and movement. Half time arrived with Annalong holding a comfortable lead and the boys in need of a lift.
The half time break came at just the right time and the boys started the 2nd half much better starting to move the ball quicker and creating the Annalong defence problems especially down the left where Lewis Gordon was causing his opposing full back a lot of problems. Town started to really get a hold of the game and looked much more solid right across the pitch, creating a few half chances.
Lurgan finally got the goal their play deserved with Caleb King finishing off a well worked move for his first goal of the season. This seemed to energise the boys and from the restart it was noticeable how they lifted their work rate and their play. Annalong still carried a threat though and killed the game with a couple of well taken goals themselves.
The team should be really proud of their 2nd half performance and showed that they are more than capable of holding their own at this level, they just need to believe in themselves and back their own ability when things aren’t going their way during games and the results will come. With the cup competitions starting soon these matches against high quality teams will do the lads the world of good.
On now to next week and a big derby against Lurgan Celtic and a great chance for the boys to get back on track!!
Town: Lewis Robinson (c), Sam Johnston. Jamie Whiteside, James Buttery, Ben Allen, Jude Treanor, Lewis Gordon, Daniel Mcilmoyle, Caleb King, Isaac Speers, James McKinley