Saturday saw the Lurgan men travelling to Glenavy to play North End who are currently in great form, and unbeaten in the league. Both teams couldn’t ask for a better pitch as Crewe Utd was truly outstanding. Again, the squad was stretched thin with only 12 men being stripped out. Balfour out injured for the second match with a lower back injury, McAlinden struggling with his hamstring and Dillon on holidays. Nevertheless, the players had a positive vibe especially after their convincing 5-0 win on Wednesday night over Hillsbourgh, this was heightened with Thornbury back to full fitness.
The start of the first half saw both teams playing great football sizing each other up, but It was Lurgan that got the upper hand. With Hutchinson winning the ball and calmly finding Krol’s feet, followed by a quick one – two with Gorman leaving Krol with a volley that flew into the top corner. 1-0 (18mins). With Krol’s confidence running high he doubled the lead with a cheeky chip over the goal keeper after a perfectly weighted through ball by Davison. 2-0 (20mins). Shortly after the Lurgan men struck another in quick succession through Charlie’s towering back post header from Dobrowolski’s cross from a freekick. 3-0 (22mins). With the half drawing to a close Davison made it four after gathering a loose ball in the North End’s box that arrived by a great deep cross from Sloane. 4-0 (23mins).
Halftime: Lurgan Town 4-0 North End
The start of the second half seen North End creating some chances and applying pressure to Lurgan’s defence. However, the defence handled it well and McCann made many good saves, including from range from a North End freekick. Lurgan started to regain their first half form with Trainor winning the ball in midfield then finding Davison with a sweeping pass. Davison glided past the defender and slotted home nicely into the far corner. 5-0 (38mins). With ten minutes to go and Lurgan still pushing hard, resulted in a misplaced pass from North End’s goalkeeper. Davison reacted quick to intercept the pass and strike from range with his right foot leaving the net bulging finally receiving his well-deserved hattrick, after already hitting the crossbar twice and post once.
Huge credit has to be given to Lurgan’s defence of Pedlow, Hutchinson, Mercer and Sloane also keeper McCann for their heroic efforts today on keeping a clean sheet second game in a row.
Fulltime: Lurgan Town 6-0 North End