A rainy Dungannon was the venue for U17’s next encounter against Lisbalaw. The match kicked off and with Lurgan playing 3 at the back were under a lot of pressure and only for the fantastic goalkeeping of Eoin Lurgan would have been 2 nil down very early. A change in formation was quickly implemented and soon Lurgan were able to take the game to our opponents.
With Lurgan in control the passing between defenders and midfield and them linking with the ever moving front line Lurgan began to press home their advantage and wasn’t long before Jack Corrigan spun the defender to launch the ball into the back of the net for the opening goal; even more spectacular he hit it with his weaker left foot. Lisbalaw tried to push forward and find an equaliser. As they pushed down the left the ball was intercepted by our right back Matthew Maye who played an inch perfect pass down the right for Niall McBride to run onto to. Niall sprinted in to the box and unselfishly squared the ball to Corrigan, who was in a better position to score, and he finished with a simple side footed shot.
Town continually tried to gain a third and were unlucky on a couple of occasions. After half time Lisbalaw changed their formation to a more attacking one but Lurgan defended and soaked up the pressure although were lucky not to concede when Lisbalaw hit the bar and landed into our keeper’s hands. With the Lisbalaw trying to get back into the game it left spaces at the back for our midfield and forwards to exploit. On one such occasion the ball broke from the defence and with a ball played into space by the hardworking and captain Bailey Finlay it found Jamie McNeil who played a first time ball to Niall but he was blown for being offside.
With time running out Lisbalaw went all out and left two at the back but with our powerhouses in defence and midfield were able to deal with the pressure. Final score 2-0 to Lurgan Town. Not even Storm Brian could stop us today.
Team: Eoin, Joshua, Matthew, Alex , Morgan, Oliver, Bailey, Adam, Jay, Rivalso, Niall, Jamie and Jack. Plenty of skill and effort and trying to chose MOTM is impossible but Alex Wheelan scrapped over that line since playing out of position. Well done all, well done Alex