TOWN Juniors Under-16s lost the Shield final by a single goal to hot favourites Glentoran on New Year’s Day.
The locals went into the game on a high and fought well throughout against the Belfast outfit but suffered twice in the first 10 minutes when they conceeded two goals in quick succession - giving themselves a mountain to climb for the remainder of the contest.
Town battled on displaying their courageous and strong mental attitude in order to keep themselves in the game.
Good play by Ryan Williamson down the left drew a reckless tackle by a Glentoran player, who was then shown a red card by the referee.
This spurred on the Town and Finn Campbell took the ball round the Glens goalkeeper and placed the ball into the net, but unfortunately the goal was controversially ruled offside by the linesman.
Town began the second half brightly and after 15 minutes Gareth Orr sent a great ball through to Josh Cargin who volleyed into the bottom corner to make it 2-1.
Five minutes later David Gray constructed a sublime run through the Glentoran defence, beating three men but saw his resulting shot saved.
Town were extremely unlucky to not find a crucial equaliser as they dominated the second half.
The local lads can hold their heads high due to their magnificent performance, and forward Josh Cargin was rewarded with man of the match at the end of the game.
SQUAD: William Maxwell, Niall McCreanor, Gareth Orr, Dylan Martin, David Gray, Michael Jordan, Declan Loy, Josh Buchanan, Ryan Williamson, Finn Campbell, Josh Cargin, Lee Close, Stephen McCavitt, Reece Milligan, Jordan Hayes, Andrew Martin, Andrew Bennington (injured), Tom Brown (cup-tied).