The U19s went into Saturday’s game against St Marys on the back of a superb performance and win the previous week against Cookstown.
Lurgan made one change to the starting lineup with Odhran Crozier replacing the unavailable Alex Woods. The U19s started sluggish and that’s how it went for the majority of the game. Lurgan were losing individual battles all over the pitch as St Mary’s showed more hunger and commitment. The passing was wayward and the composure missing from Lurgans game. It was Adam Craig doing what comes normal to him when he made another great save to keep the score level. However against the run of play Lurgan took the lead when a combination of Jack Evans and Aaron Winters setup Callum Watkins to score his 5th of the season. Lurgan still created scoring opportunities with Aaron Winters having a couple of half chances plus a Lewis McKinley free kick was spilled by the St Marys keeper but he reacted quickly before Andy McIvor could tap in. Then a defensive error and poor marking allowed St Marys to equalise.
The second half was a slight improvement but Lurgan’s problems in front of goal continues. There were numerous chances missed which is so frustrating. The opportunities came and went again with Pedro De Araujo left wondering how he didn’t score in the game. The game became a little frantic in the remaining 15 minutes as both teams were desperate to get the all important next goal. St Marys missed an absolute sitter to take the lead which Lurgan can be thankful for. Lurgan had one last chance to steal the win when Aaron Winters was pulled down outside the box which left Lewis McKinley to hit a 25 yard free kick but despite getting it on target the keeper made a good save.
The team would need to perform more consistently to keep up the good run of results and improve the scoring ratio to chances created. The player of the game went to Brett Smyth for his 100% commitment to give his all. Next up for Lurgan is an away fixture to Bourneview in the quarter final of the Savage Cup.