Lurgan Town stand tall to progress to the next round of the Cup.
This week saw the U15s with a break from league action with a tough round 2 draw against Castle Juniors to negotiate in the NI Cup. Town really wanted to make the most of this tie with home advantage hopefully helping them progress to the next round draw. The game started reasonably scrappy but again as in previous weeks Town were the earliest to settle taking the lead after about 15 minutes when Ethan Gorman unleashed an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net from about 25 yards out, this spurred Lurgan on with the boys breaking up any opposition play and quickly turning it back on Castle Juniors applying pressure at every opportunity. Town doubled their lead when Ronan Watkins, who had been leading the line well slipped a lovely ball through to Ben Cullen who in turn used his strength to hold off the opposition defender and cooly put the ball beyond the Castle keeper. Mackenzie Craig made it three soon after when he rose like a salmon in the box to head the ball over the outstretched keeper and into the top far corner of the net and then doubled his tally for the day with a great strong solo run from the middle of the part he made no mistake to give town a terrific 4 goal cushion at the break.
Few changes at the break with a warning not to take the foot off the gas. The boys managed the second half well, defending comfortably and continuing to probe albeit without much joy until Jake Turner received a long ball from Kyle Thompson played from the heart of defence, Jake controlled well before cutting open the opposition defence and slotting the ball into the back of the net to make it 5 for Town. Castle Juniors to their credit didn’t give up and came close to opening their account a few times near the end of the game but some sterling defending kept them at bay with the team fighting to ensure James Hamilton who had been solid all day finished the game with a clean sheet. The game ended with a 5-0 win on home turf and the U15’s back into the hat for the next round draw.
This was a good solid performance by Lurgan Town today who took the lead and never looked likely to give it up. It was a good game played in good spirits and both teams trying to play football. The boys played with confidence and the hard work they have been doing on the training ground is transferring over into their match day games.
Team: James Hamilton, Sofian Mouhsine, Kyle Thompson, Adam Vennard, Mark Christie, Ben Cullen (1), Aidan Cassidy, Tom Leatham, Ethan Gorman (1), Ronan Watkins, Mackenzie Craig (2), Kyle White, Josh Johnston, James Maguire, Spencer Young, Jake Turner (1)