Its game day 5 for the Firsts tomorrow as they travel to Camlough Rovers for their 5th straight away game at the start of the season. At home the Reserves kick off their season with a mouthwatering game against Ballymacash Rangers. We caught up with both managers to pick their brains on the games.
Lee Dickson commented: “Against Craigavon on Tuesday I think the players seen the type of football they could play. We knew with so many changes and such a young squad assembled, to get everyone gelling and settled it was always going to take time. Tomorrow we travel to Camlough, our 5th Away match of the season. I know Camlough from my time in Intermediate A over the years and they are a tight knit bunch and although their results haven’t been what they’ve expected, they will be doing everything to put that right against us. It’s up to our boys to now step up to the plate and deliver. If we are going to be competitive in this league, every man has to be firing on all cylinders and as I’ve said to the players, it’s only a matter of time until it clicks”.
Reserves manager Steven Beattie: “Pre season has gone well. The boys all worked hard at training and game on game we’ve improved our performances which is all I can ask for. We have had a couple of new lads coming in from the youth set up. Cameron Purdy has impressed massively for someone so young. At just 15 he has stepped up to the plate and showed great maturity, composure and skill. He could have a big season. Jay McPolin has also featured regularly in pre-season and hasn’t put a foot wrong. He has shown versatility in positions and no doubt will be a great asset for the club”.
Beattie continued: “We are under no illusions on how competitive the Reserve Championship is. It was an aim Shill [Michael Shilliday] and myself to reach this league with the club. This season we want to learn the league and the other teams, but we will be competitive. I would like a cup run or two and it’s no secret our desire to win another cup for the club. Ballymacash will be a tough test for the boys. From last season’s game [Town won 4-1 in the O’Hara Cup last season] we know they knock the ball about well, are well organised and aren’t afraid to mix it up. It’s a game we look forward to and it’ll be great to get the season going”.
For the first time ever, we are going to attempt to bring you updates on both games simultaneously on our Twitter page. Head over to @lurgantownfc around 2pm to see if we are successful or not.