Lurgan Town travelled to Dungannon on Saturday morning to face Omagh based Mountjoy. Mountjoy had inflicted a defeat on Lurgan in the opening weeks of the season, so it was always going to be a difficult game.
Lurgan started the game well and set up with a 4-5-1 formation to try and stop Mountjoy playing the ball through their talented No. 10 midfielder. The opening chance of the game fell to Mountjoy who broke quickly after winning possession off Eolann McKenna at left back. Jack Hollis saving well from a well struck shot. Lurgan Town opened the scoring midway through the 1st half. The ball was worked through midfield and eventually fell to Ben Wells at the back post. A good touch and turn from Wells helped him find a yard of space and he found the bottom left corner from 15 yards out. A really strong and dominant final 15 minutes of the 1st half saw Lurgan break quickly and nearly score a 2nd. A driving run and pass from Caleb Hawthorn in midfield found Rhys McCreanor down the right channel and he flashed a great cross to the back post. Ben Wells just couldn’t get the final touch for a tap in.
Half Time: Mountjoy 0 – Lurgan Town 1
Mountjoy came out for the 2nd half really fired up and turned the match around within the opening 10 minutes. Two quick fire strikes from the edge of the box put Mounyjoy in control. Lurgan really struggled during this phase of the match with Mounjoys tall, athletic front 3 causing all sorts of problems. With 15 minutes remaining Mountjoy were reduced to 10 men. A strong challenge by Alex Johnston down the left side was met with a deliberate stamp from the Mounjoy player. The Referee had no hesitation showing the player a straight red card. Lurgan never really made the extra player count and struggled to push forward until the final few minutes of the match. A game of two half’s today but on reflection a draw would probably have flattered Lurgan based on Mountjoys dominance in the 2nd half.
Another tough fixture next week for the 14’s against a Lurgan Celtic side on a good unbeaten run.