The U15 girls played a combined team from Portadown Ladies and Craigavon City at the Arena on Friday night.
This was the girls second league of the season. Unfortunately they had Jessica Pugh unavailable due to an injury therefore had to look for someone to take her place in goal. Thanks to Chloe Stewart and Amelia Thompson for doing a half each with both keeping a clean sheet.
Lurgan started a little sluggish but were still creating chances to score. However, due to a lack of composure at times or not taking a shot on when well placed the game stayed scoreless for the first 15 minutes. The game needed a goal and it was Jessica Greenlee to get it for Lurgan as she hit a shot from distance past the keeper. It was just what Lurgan needed as they picked up their game and went onto score another 2 goals in the half with Katie Gilmore scoring both thanks to good play involving Amelia Thompson, Maeve McConaghy and Molly McCaughey. Portavon attacked in spells but the solid back line of Nicole Owens, Amy Barton, Kayla Topley and Ellie Beattie dealt with the few attacks. Ellie McBride was becoming more influential in the first half as she was winning tackles and playing some good passes to the attacking players. H-T 3-0
Lurgan made a couple of changes in the second half as they brought on Kelly Patterson and Amy Irwin. Portavon worked hard to try to get back into the game but Lurgan’s attacking players were pretty much camped in Portavon’s penalty area. Maeve McConaghy and Molly McCaughey were linking up really well as they worked unselfishly to set each other up on a few occasions. Maeve was having one of those nights in front of goal with shots being saved, just going wide or on one occasion hitting the inside of the post and going across the net but not over the line. Kelly Patterson could have had a couple but not enough power in the shots. Lurgans fourth goal came when Chloe Stewart followed up a shot to score. Chloe was having a good game in the centre of midfield as she was winning tackles but also supporting her defenders. Katie Gilmore returned to the pitch and it didn’t take long for her to get her hat trick which was extra special on her mums birthday. Happy Birthday Liz. There were a further 2 goals to come for Lurgan with Maeve deservedly getting a goal as she weaved through 3 players to score an excellent individual goal and Molly McCaughey getting her first official goal on her return to football with a brilliant finish. Amy Irwin almost got on the scoresheet as well but the game finished 7-0 to Lurgan.
Despite the first 15 minutes being a little sluggish the Lurgan girls performed really well. There were good performances all over the pitch from the back four to the attacking players. They all deserve praise but the player that has been performing well in training and also the player of the match was Jessica Greenlee.