Town’s U15s let a two goal lead slip and had to settle for a draw at Gilford last Saturday morning.
The locals got off to the best possible start when they scored with their first attack. From the kick-off Cameron Sands drove at the Lurgan defence and after a bit of a goalmouth scramble, the ball fell for striker Jamie Feeney to curl into the top corner.
Lurgan to their credit came back at Town and got an equaliser 10 minutes into the half after a long ball over the top was finished well by their number 10.
Banbridge went back on the offensive almost immediately and got a deserved second when Keelan Quigley found himself in space and managed to hit an effort under the keeper.
At the other end, Aaron Devlin made an outstanding save down to his right to keep his side in front. Town went on the attack again and scored their third . Shea Winters threaded a lovely pass into Feeney but as his shot was blocked, Sands picked the ball up outside the area and drilled a low shot that struck a post only for the rebound to land at Michael Kelly’s feet. He composed himself with a lovely first touch and then fired home with his second from close range.
In the second half, Town searched for more goals as William Doogan caused all sorts of danger down the left, beating the full-back with ease on numerous occasions. He almost got a fourth for Town when he struck the post.
Town conceded a second from their own attack when Keelan Quigley’s effort was saved and Lurgan dashed straight up the left wing to score.
With 20 minutes left, Lurgan searched for an equaliser and left gaps at the back but Town couldn’t take advanatge as Quigley twice went close and James Orr almost directed a header in from a corner.
From a Lurgan throw-in, they got their third when the ball fell to the feet of their number 10 again and he scored his hat-trick and deny Town the win.
Best for Town was Ben Johnston who had a brilliant game at right-back.