Lurgan Town u15’s returned to league action this week against Fivemiletown United looking to put last weeks result behind us. Town started really well dominating the ball with Mackenzie Craig forcing the opposition keeper into action twice in the opening ten minutes, there was a bit of zip and energy about the Town team that seemed to have been missing the past few weeks and it looked as though it would only be a matter of time before they opened the scoring. As time went on though Lurgan seemed to lose a bit of shape in the midfield and allowed Fivemiletown to get into the game although any threat was quickly tidied up by a well drilled back line and an alert James Hamilton in nets. For a small period of time the Lurgan lads became a bit panicky on the ball with it looking like a hot potato but it didn’t take long before they regained their composure and shape to take back control of the game. Town did open their account when Ronan Watkins who had been working tirelessly picked up a ball on the left hand side and getting away from his marker let fly putting the ball into the bottom corner of the net out of the reach of the outstretched opposition keeper. Town deserved to be on top at this stage coming into half time. Fivemiletown did have a shout for a penalty before the half was out, but the referee made the correct decision ignoring the calls on what was a first class tackle by Adam Vennard in the box, cleanly winning the ball to take the boys into half time with a 1-0 advantage.
The second half started with Fivemiletown seeing a bit more possession pushing forward looking for the equaliser but the back line stood strong and James Hamilton made a couple of important interceptions to keep the opposition at bay. Town grew back into the game pressing high up the pitch and the introduction of Spencer Young and Ethan Gorman added some fresh energy into the game with the opposition keeper forced to make a couple of saves at the feet of Spencer. Town did stretch their lead with about 20 minutes to go when Ben Cullen hit a blinding free kick to the left side of the net leaving the keeper with no chance. It was one way traffic at this stage with the Town midfield taking control of the game. Jake Turner was introduced into the game after a 4 week layoff due to injury and immediately began to open up play with his range of passing, despite this Town were unable to stretch their lead further seeing the game out at a respectable and well deserved 2-0 win.
Todays performance was encouraging with the boys making steps to getting back to their best, which we saw at times in todays game and addressing some of the issues we had identified that needed a little extra work on. Another clean sheet thanks to the solid back line and keeper James Hamilton. The midfield worked much better as a unit today and strikers chasing and harrying throughout the game. Another important 3 points on the board going into next weeks top of the table clash with local derby rivals Lurgan Celtic who are on a great run of form at the minute.
Team: James Hamilton, Sofian Mouhsine, Kyle Thompson, Adam Vennard, Mark Christie, Aidan Cassidy, Ben Cullen (1), James Maguire, Josh Johnston, Ronan Watkins (1), Mackenzie Craig, Ethan Gorman, Spencer Young, Kyle White, Jake Turner