Lurgan Town Reserves took on AFC Craigavon Reserves in the Wilmour Johnston Memorial Cup on Saturday and despite coming away with the win, the guys made hard work of it. Town started well and were off an running within 4 minutes when AFC turned it into their own goal from a corner for 1-0. 3 minutes later and Ashley Gregg doubled the Town lead with a fine finish into the bottom right hand corner.
At this stage Town should have kicked on, but they took their foot off the pedal and let AFC come back in the game. Lucas Gregson made a great block and Josh Pugh dealt with a long range effort with ease. Town had a chance on the 24th minute to extend their lead but Gregg’s free kick didn’t trouble the keeper. On the half hour mark, sloppy midfield play from Town allowed AFC to break and they crashed their effort off the post. AFC were creating more chances now, but this was more down to Town’s poor play than their own creativity.
Against the run of play Gregg made it 3-0 to Town much the obvious disappointment of AFC. The Craigavon men had a series of corner before the half time whistle but these were dealt with well by Dawson and Bunting. Half time Lurgan Town Reserves 3-0 AFC Craigavon Reserves.
The second half started with neither team getting a grip on things. Town did have the first chance of the half when Adil Faila was hauled down but the resulting free kick was wasted. Sloppy play again from Town allowed AFC to create a chance in the 65th minute but the out stretched leg of Jordan Dawson put the striker off. Gregg had a chance to get his hat trick soon after but the AFC keeper bizarrely jumped at him with his head and this saw Gregg’s shot go agonisingly wide. With 3 minutes to go AFC pulled one back, nothing more than they deserved, but it was too little too late.