Reserves Win Derby Game

Town Reserves took on local rivals Craigavon City at the Gordon on Saturday. 
Town were very slow to start, completely off the pace and Craigavon sensed that and put pressure on the back line straight away. The away side opened the scoring inside a minute when their number 9 was given the freedom of the pitch to pick the ball up, turn and get his shot away without challenge, and even worse, when the shot was parried he was able to slot home the rebound unchallenged.

The lead was doubled soon after when the same striker volleyed home a loose clearance, again with the Town defence spectators. Shortly after that Town lost McBride to injury but were able to bring Graham Bunting back into the side after a period of injury. Bunting brought some energy into the back line and that seemed to help kick start the team. 

The comeback started when Andrew Houston converted a low cross at the back post, after great play from Evans to beat his man. After this goal Town were well on top, and pressured Craigavon into mistakes. Evans turned from provider to scorer to level the game when he finished after the ball fell to him 10 yards out. 

Before half time Town completed the turnaround when Matt Irvine finished well to make it 3-2.

The second half was pretty much one way traffic for Town and they created enough chances to win 5 games. The disappointing aspect is that they they weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal. 

Irvine scored the fourth with a flicked header from a long throw, and the striker completed his hat trick with a penalty despatched into the top corner. 

A good victory to keep the 100% record record intact in the league but improvement in focus needed for big games in the coming weeks, staring with a trip to Newry Celtic in the Mid Ulster Shield next week. 

Team. Boyce, Canning, McBride, Freeburn, Wing, McMahon, Trainor, McIvor, Houston, Irvine, Evans

Subs. Bunting (McBride), Scorah (Canning), Bann (McIvor)