The U19s took on Fivemiletown in the quarter final of the Decor Cup on Saturday. Fivemiletown arrived at Lurgan on the back of a 6-1 win the previous week against Cookstown.
Lurgan had to make 2 changes to the team that defeated Markethill last time out. Lewis McKinley and Simon Wilson both missing but in came Ryan Upton and Jack O’Neill to the starting eleven.
After 44 seconds Aaron Winters almost give Lurgan the perfect start but his shot was saved. However, Aaron did open the scoring after 6 minutes when he received a pass from Andy McIvor. Aaron then missed a great chance to double Lurgans lead although he wasn’t the only one to miss great scoring chances with Jack Evans, Alex Woods and Callum Watkins going close. Alex Woods was unlucky with a free kick that hit the post. Lurgan could have been out of sight but Fivemiletown were still a threat. Their first real chance came after a mistake in defence allowed the striker to go one on one with Adam Craig but as he rounded Adam to shoot but his shot was miraculously cleared of the line by captain Tim Millen. Then moments later the equaliser came after another mistake. It was a blow to Lurgan but credit to the team they kept creating chances. It was scoring midfielder Andy McIvor with Lurgans second and his 16th of the season as he received a pass from Aaron Winters on the 44th minute which he calmly rounded the keeper to give Lurgan a half time lead.
Lurgan’s game didn’t flow as well in the second half therefore scoring opportunities were very few. Fivemiletown were giving everything to get back into the game but midfield trio Ryan Upton, Andy McIvor and Jack Evans didn’t shirk their roles as they were excellent in breaking up any threatening attacks. Also Brett Smyth was having a much improved second half. Then with 30 minutes left Jonny Russell came on for Ryan Blacoe. Lurgan’s third goal arrived after great wing play from Callum Watkins set up Aaron for his second goal of the game and goal 18 for the season. A double substitution approx 10 minutes later was made when Odhran Crozier and Mark Boyd came on left and right wing. The final goal came from Jack Evans as he got a touch to a Jack O’Neill corner.
A good solid team display with Adam Craig, Jack O’Neill, Andy McIvor, Callum Watkins and Alex Woods all having good games. However, stand out players were Tim Millen, Ryan Upton and Jack Evans. A special mention for Ryan in playing as a centre midfielder for the first time. The team will now face Markethill in the semi final.