Blistering Start Wins It For 19s

The U19s got of to a blistering start on Saturday against Windmill when they scored after 30 seconds. There was great play down Lurgans left side that ended with Alex Woods playing a pass into the run of Aaron Winters who scored past the advancing keeper. In fact Lurgan should have had the game won in the first 15 minutes as they played with attacking threat but like previous weeks scoring chances went begging. There was frustration growing into Lurgans game as they became sloppy therefore allowing Windmill grow in confidence. Windmill had two opportunities in the half but they were missed. Lurgan were still the dominant team but had to settle for a one nil lead at half time.

After the half time instructions Lurgans game improved however the finishing continued to be below par. However defensively Lurgan were pretty solid despite missing 2 regulars but had Ryan Upton returning for his first start of the season. Lurgan eventually got a second goal when left back Jonathan Russell setup Callum Watkins to score his 6th goal in 6 appearances. The next task for Lurgan was to keep a first clean sheet of the season but unfortunately that didn’t happen as Jack O’Neill deflected a free kick past Adam Craig. Lewis McKinley almost got the third when he struck a 25 yard shot from the left but it agonisingly just whistled past the right top corner of the goal. Lurgan won the game by 2 goals to 1 but really the score line didn’t reflect Lurgans dominance of the game and great scoring opportunities created. The positive for the team is they are creating the chances so the job now is to build on that.

There were good individual performances from Ryan Upton, Andrew McIvor and Jonathan Russell but joint players of the day went to Jack O’Neill and Jack Evans for excellent performances.