Opening Day Defeat For Firsts

Lurgan Town started brightly in the season opener against Dungannon Tigers, creating chances in the opening 20 minutes with Gargasas and Heaney going close on a few occasions. A strong run down the left from the Dungannon centre forward resulted in a saved shot, however the rebound was tucked away. This set back seemed to spur Lurgan Town on and shot after shot was saved by the Dungannon keeper in a frantic spell.

As Lurgan pressed for the equaliser with a corner kick the ball broke and again the same player who caused problems with the first goal went on a powerful run and sent a pass through which was duly dispatched to deal a sucker punch to Town. Then on the stroke of half time, and superb ball over from Jack McNally found Andrew Heaney unmarked, who adjusted his body well with a forward facing scissor kick which flew into the top corner. 2-1 Half Time.

Ten minuets into the second half seen chance after chance squandered by the Lurgan boys, however captain Joel Adams took charge and scored a well worked corner kick to level the game again from a great delivery by McNally. At this point Lurgan Town seemed to have 3 points in sight and with how the game was going, most spectators thought there would be only one outcome. However Dungannon found themselves take an unlikely lead with 15 minutes to go, when Lurgan failed to clear a corner with any real conviction, and the centre half slammed in a fantastic goal past Boyce into the bottom corner through a crowd of players.

Lurgan found themselves having to commit themselves forward even more at this point to get a point from the game. Bates went close on two occasions, but great stops from the Dungannon keeper foiled him. However it was the theme of the day when even more chances were missed that could have seen the game out of sight never mind a draw. As Lurgan pressed, the left winger was sent through on a one on one and made no mistake to make it 4-2 to Dungannon. Full Time 4-2.

Man of the Match – Andy Heaney who worked tirelessly, posing a real threat to the Dungannon defence all day.

The boys will have to take the positives from the game, and turn their hurt and frustration from this defeat into trying to put things right over the next few weeks. The performance might have been dominant, however sometimes performances don’t get points without the most important part of the game, scoring goals. Congratulations to Dungannon and we look forward to the return fixture.