Firsts Progress In Irish Cup

Lurgan Town visited Iveagh United on Saturday in the Irish Cup, making 6  changes in personnel to the starting 11, and come away with a comfortable 3-1.

The first half began slow enough, with both teams feeling each other out. The in-form Tyler Boyce made a great save down to his bottom left from a well worked cross and header. This seemed to spark life into Lurgan Town as they began to press Iveagh back further and further and it was no surprise when David Hamilton opened the scoring with a neat finish beyond the Iveagh keeper. Just before half time, the game seemed to be dead and buried when Ashley Gregg picked up the ball 30 yards out, set the ball up and drilled it beyond the Iveagh keeper to make it 2-0. On the stroke of half time, Iveagh pulled one back, when a dubious offside decision allowed the Iveagh centre forward to run throw and slot pass Boyce in the Town goal, but in hindsight, it should be lesson learned as to continuing play at all times.

The second half started with Lurgan sitting back and soaking up some pressure, but Iveagh failed time and time again to break the Town down. On the hour there was several changes made with Glenn,  Capper and Adams all being introduced to give some of the kids who came in a rest, notably Jordan Dawson and Matty Strain who both made their debuts in the Irish Cup, after valuable minutes and also an impressive performance up to that point. Lurgan began to keep the ball in the latter stages of the game, and with Iveagh beginning to get frustrated, the game began to get scrappy. With 15 mins remaining, excellent play from Jack McNally and Scott Wiltshire released Capper down the left who cut in and passed to Gargasas to seal the win.

Manager Lee Dickson said “It wasn’t the most glamorous of wins, and you obviously won’t turn your nose at a 3-1 win away from home in the Irish Cup. It was hard not to be slightly disappointed with the goal we conceded, but in saying that, a win is a win, and with the rotating of the squad I was pleased to see that this season we have some great strength throughout the squad, with a couple of really promising kids making their first starts, and gaining great experience in doing so. We will now look forward to getting back to the bread and butter this week at home to Dromore and also the end of mid-week matches.”