First up was the U15 girls on Friday night. The weather conditions were very wet and windy. The girls were very unfortunate to be on the end of a one nil defeat to Banbridge Rangers. Banbridge scored the only goal of the game with a very good free kick. Lurgan played against the wind but played the better football as they created numerous scoring opportunities. However it wasn’t to be for Lurgan as the chances were missed. Banbridge defended in numbers and were helped by good goalkeeping to protect their lead as they held on to take the win against the run of play. Maeve McConaghy was excellent in her first outing for the U15s.
The second game Lurgan played Camlough and picked up a two nil win with Maeve McConaghy scoring twice. Lurgan controlled the game from start to end with Ellie McBride performing excellently in the centre of midfield. Jessica Pugh was comfortable in Lurgans goal. The team have performed with skill, commitment and enjoyment during the 6 week programme. They will finish 2nd in the non competitive league just behind unbeaten Killen Rangers. Well done JP, Chloe, Amy, Ellie B, Rebecca, Jessica G, Kelly, Alex, Ellie M and U15 debutants Maeve and Kayla last night. The players of the night were Ellie McBride and Chloe Stewart.
The U13s took to the pitch on Saturday afternoon to play Armagh. It was another wet day but credit to both teams it didn’t faze them. Armagh took the lead against the run of play as they had a shot deflected into the goal. Despite the setback Lurgan played showed their quality as Maeve and Alex started to get on the ball more to control the game. It was Maeve who set up Katie Gilmore to equalise with a super finish. Lurgan should’ve been out of sight but their finishing was the only negative on the day. They did eventually take the lead when Maeve McConaghy was the playmaker again as she assisted Ellie McBride to score the winning goal. In the last 10 minutes Lurgan had 5 clear cut scoring chances but it wasn’t to be as Lurgan had to settle for a 2-1 win. A few good performances in the game with Chloe Stewart just growing as a player each week, also defenders Ellie Beattie, Blathnaid Duffy and Kaitlyn Irwin stuck to their defensive duties. In midfield Ellie McBride, Alex McILwaine, Amy Irwin supported defence and attack throughout, upfront Katie Gilmore played with composure and was supported well by Chloe Gordon. The player of the day was Maeve McConaghy as she attacked Armaghs defence with skill and pace.