Girls Battle Through Conditions

Both U13 & U15 girls played in difficult weather conditions on Friday night.

First up the U13s played Markethill at the Arena in the worst of the conditions. In fact both teams agreed to call if off at half time. The game finished 4-1 to Lurgan despite going one goal down early on. The Lurgan girls just continue to develop each week and play with desire. That desire is lead by Tilly Douglas in the centre of defence which she is well supported by Tamah Martin & Ellie Magill. Lurgan got back on level terms when great individual play by Grace Mackay by taking on a couple of players then scoring. A second soon followed as Louise Crone scored her first for Lurgan this season. The third was scored by the youngest player in the team Olivia Campbell and the fourth was a well taken goal by Emily Nelson. Caitlyn McCarter was having a pretty quiet night in goal, Ellie Beattie and Amy Irwin were providing the experience to the team. Well done players from both teams playing in poor conditions.

The U15s game was completed despite poor weather conditions and it was an entertaining game against Ballinmallard. It was Ballinmallard that looked likely to score in the first 15 minutes but it was Lurgan that took the lead thanks to Katie Gilmore’s unselfish lay off for Maeve McConaghy to score. In fact Maeve almost scored earlier but a well struck shot was well saved. Defensively Lurgan had to stay strong with Amy Barton, Kayla Topley, Kaitlyn Irwin and Nicole Owens being well supported by Jessica Pugh in goal. However, a lapse in concentration allowed a Ballinmallard player time to hit a shot from distance into Lurgans goal. The goal could’ve been prevented if the player wasn’t allowed the space and time. Then Kaitlyn had to be replaced by U13 player Ellie Beattie as she twisted her ankle. Kelly Patterson was almost through on goal from the left wing as she collected a pass but a last ditch tackle stopped the move. Credit to Lurgan the heads didn’t go down as they played some good football at times plus played with passion.

The second half was very much a game where both teams just went at it in search for the winner. Both teams weren’t backing down as every tackle was strong and chances were being created by both. Lurgans midfield of Amy Irwin, Ellie McBride, Jessica Greenlee and Molly McCaughey were working hard. Lurgan were very unlucky not to take the lead with minutes left after Maeve took the ball around the keeper but watched agonisingly as her shot was cleared of the line. Then Ballinmallard thought they had won it but the goal was disallowed for offside. The game finished 1-1 with both teams deserving lots of credit. There was a major improvement from the U15 girls this week as they raised their game. There were lots of positives however it was Kayla Topley and Maeve McConaghy sharing the player of the game.