Promotion Hopes Maintained

1st tam irish cup 1718The first team hosted Broomhedge Magheraberry in their first league game since August due to cup fixtures. Town knew anything other than 3 points even this early in the season could be costly in their ambitions for promotion.  Town went into the game missing top scorer Henry Capper, as well as Graeme McCoy, David Hamilton and Matt Hollis who are all sidelined with injuries.

Lurgan started the game well and controlled the early exchanges. But, as always, Broomhedge always prove a stubborn opponent who were much improved from last season. Town grabbed the lead when a superb switch ball found John Guy. His crossed found Kyle Cousins who was surrounded by defenders – but some fine improvisation saw Kyle pick a superb back heeled pass to Johnny Stewart who controlled and volleyed home. Town then gifted Broomhedge a lifeline when a nothing free kick from sailed over keep Kidd who felt he was blocked off in his attempts but the referee awarded the goal. Town regained the lead in a similar circumstance. Adam Glenn whipped his free kick in and it nestled in the top corner.

The second half was controlled by Town and they quickly added a third. Kyle Cousins nicked the ball from the defender and slotted under the out rushing keeper. Broomhedge were then reduced to ten men – but to their credit didn’t crumble. Town should have added to the lead, but Cousins saw a penalty hit the post and Henry Warren missed from close range. In the final minutes a deflected shot saw Broomhedge get a second to set up a nervy final two minutes but Town saw it out to pick up the three points.

Not the best performance from the Town men, but a crucial 3 points as they try to make up the games they are now behind in the league. The frustration now is another two cup games the next two weekends.

Next week Town travel to Rathfern In the Intermediate Cup. A bus will be leaving the club at 11am for any supporters looking to travel down.