It’s double delight for Lurgan Town as boys capture cup and plate silverware

Lurgan Town under 11s celebrate a first NIBFA Cup victory in club history.
Lurgan Town under 11s celebrate a first NIBFA Cup victory in club history.

Lurgan Town under 11s recently made history as the first side since the club’s formation to win the NIBFA Cup.

The derby defeat of Portadown Youth arrived thanks to Harry Norton’s free-kick winner in extra-time.

Bradley Brown, captain Tom Leathem, Jack Harvey and Ben Cullen proved in resolute form under early Portadown Youth pressure.

James Maguire, Norton, Spencer Collie and Issiac Baird attempted to wrestle control back for Lurgan Town and create scoring opportunities as Dylan Stewart led the frontline.

It was 1-0 at the interval to Portadown Youth but Graeme Leathem and Jim Maguire - the Lurgan Town coaching team - made the most of the half-time break to spark a strong second-half display.

Ben Cuthbert and Jake Turner joined play off the sidelines and Collie made his mark to level the match before Ben Hampton was introduced as a substitute for the scorer.

Extra-time featured few clear sights of goal but Norton made his mark by steering home a superb free-kick.

Luke Hammond came on to help protect the lead and secure a memorable 2-1 success.

Lurgan Town under 12s captured the NIBFA Plate prize during the recent trip to Cookstown’s Mid-Ulster Sports Arena.

St Oliver Plunkett took the lead but a determined response resulted in an equaliser thanks to Michael McConville’s finish following a slick attack.

John Patience, Ross Hawthorne and Neal Anderson worked hard in defence - with Luke Kerr close to finding the net for Lurgan Town but goalkeeper Reece Herron proved alert with a point-blank save to frustrate Plunkett.

Jamie Gillis steered home the tie’s decisive goal with a composed finish to convert a loose ball.

LURGAN TOWN: Reece Herron, Ross Hawthorne, Jamie Elliott, Neal Anderson, John Patience, Nathan Bell, Jamie Gillis, Niall Dummigan, Craig McCorry, Michael McConville, Rhys Emerson, Luke Kerr.

Lurgan Town under 15s closed the Mid-Ulster campaign with a midweek meeting against Cookstown Youth before facing Craigavon City on Saturday.

Cookstown recorded a 3-0 win, with Adam Loughran producing the sole key display for Lurgan Town.

A 2-1 weekend success featured the impressive Loughran picking out Adam Craig for the latter’s first goal of the season before switching from provider to scorer.

The under 15s finished third in the league, won the League Cup and finished as Shield runners-up.