The U19s played and won an entertaining Savage Cup game against Fivemiletown on Saturday. Lurgan went into the game looking to improve their performance as the previous two weeks were below par.
Lurgan started strong and should’ve had one maybe two penalties in the first 5 minutes when Andy McIvor was fouled on both occasions. However, against the run of play it was the visitors taking the lead as Lurgan’s defence were charitable as they let the striker easily go through two timid tackles. Lurgan were still dominating the game with Aaron Winters, Alex Woods and Pedro De Araujo all having good chances score. The equaliser arrived in the 25th minute when Lewis McKinley struck a free kick from the throw in line and placed it far top corner of the net. Ten minutes later Lurgan took the lead after good work by Aaron Winters as he crossed for Pedro De Araujo to coolly place a header past the keeper. Lurgan finished the half leading by two goals to one.
Jack Evans was replaced at the half time break due to feeling unwell and it was evident early on that Jack was going to be missed as Lurgan lost shape and were getting caught out on a number of occasions. Fivemiletown were the stronger team in the second half and equalised early in the second half. Lurgan made two more changes with Mark Boyd coming on with 30 minutes left then Callum Watkins with 20 minutes to go. It was Callum Watkins who restored Lurgan’s lead when he ran onto an Alex Woods pass and place a shot past the keeper. The game at this stage was end to end and it was Fivemiletown scoring next to get on level terms again. The game was heading for extra time until Callum Watkins was fouled 25 yards out therefore Lurgan being awarded a free kick. Lewis McKinley stepped up to strike the free kick which the keeper spilled, Alex Woods reacted quicker than anyone to head home the winner. This was a relief as a few players were playing on empty after an entertaining game.
The overall performance was better from Lurgan with Alex Woods, Tim Millen performing well but Aaron Winters was selected as player of the game with his excellent work rate. Finally credit to Fivemiletown for their part in a nail biting game. Lurgan now take their place in the first round proper.