The U19s played Bourneview on Saturday at the Arena. Lurgan were looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last week.
Lurgan almost took the lead within minutes as Jack Evans tested the keeper from 20 yards. However, Lurgan played poorly throughout the half despite dominating the game. They had the majority of the play but lazy play, careless play and poor choices left them searching for a first goal. The goal eventual arrived when one of many cross field passes from Lewis McKinley found Mark Boyd whom in turn played a cross into the path of Aaron Winters to score with a neat finish. Lurgan’s poor performance continued and frustration grew as chance after chance went begging. Adam Craig was having the quietest game ever in Lurgan’s goal with no shots to save in the first half.
After a word or two from the coach during the half time talk the team did improve slightly in the second half. A couple of changes were made with 30 minutes left as Pedro De Araujo and Jonathan Russell entered the game. Lurgan’s second goal came from yet another Lewis McKinley assist and Andy McIvor finish from the corner. Bourneview started to show frustration as they were leaving in a few late tackles. The frustration increased as Lurgan got a third when Jonny Russell passed to Lewis McKinley which Lewis hit a 20 yarder that the Bourneview keeper let through his legs into the net. Bourneview scored with their only shot on target in the game as a hopeful free kick was launched into the box but it was missed by Jack O’Neill and it bounced over Adam as he was caught unaware. The final goal of the game was the best and Lurgan’s fourth when Jonny Russell again found Lewis McKinley in space this time 25 yards out but this time Lewis didn’t give the Bourneview keeper a chance as he found the top right corner of the net.
Lurgan will need to improve their performances as there will be tougher fixtures to come. There wasn’t really any player that performed as they normally do although a mention for Lewis McKinley who was involved with all four goals. Finally a special mention to U19s player Jack Evans as he went onto to score his first ever hat-trick after playing for the senior reserves on Saturday afternoon. Congrats Jack.