The U19s advanced to the semi finals of the Savage Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win over Bourneview in the quarters. However it could’ve been a more convincing win if great scoring opportunities weren’t missed.
Lurgan dominated the first half as they created chances every few minutes with Calum Watkins, Aaron Winters, Andy McIvor, Jack Evans, Jonny Russell, Alex Woods and Tim Millen all having opportunities to get Lurgan up and running. It took to the 37th minute before Lurgan eventually took the lead when Alex Woods hit a low 20 yard shot that took a slight deflection past the keeper. Bourneview struggled to get past the Lurgan backline of Odhran Crozier, Ryan Upton, Brett Smyth and Jonny Russell. The only real danger to Lurgan was maybe a lack of focus and that was the case when Jordan Mawhinney was allowed to go through unchallenged on one occasion however the situation was dealt with by Adam Craig. The half finished with Lurgan only one goal up and loads of chances that went begging.
In the second half Lurgan didn’t get the fluidity of their game going as it lacked a little composure at times. However credit to Bourneview they played better in the second half without causing any trouble on Adam Craig’s goal. A bit like the first half Lurgan watched scoring opportunities being missed on a regular basis. Lurgan brought on Pedro De Araujo and Mark Boyd to freshen things up. It took defender Jonny Russell to show the attacking players how it’s done when he received a pass from Mark Boyd and finish with composure. That goal came with 15 minutes left which was followed by 2 more in the closing minutes. Andy McIvor team captain for the day in place of the absent Lewis McKinley pulled rank to hit a 20 yard free kick into the top corner of the goal. Alex Woods scored the first and final goals of the game with his second similar to the first.
Lurgan picked up the win but they will know that finishing needs to improve however there were still lots a positives from the game and none more so than the performance of Jonny Russell which was capped of with a goal.