Hard work is rewarded in second half

A good second half comeback saw Lurgan Celtic turn a possible defeat into a vital victory.

Trailing by a goal to PSNI, The Hoops never gave up and eventually got their reward which more than pleased manager Ciaran O’Kane.

“This was a big game for us. It was a match we had to win and the bonus was Armagh dropping points with a draw,” said O’Kane.

“To be fair to PSNI they were very well organised and were good for the lead at the break. In fact, we were fortunate not to be further behind as they had a couple of other decent efforts. We didn’t play badly either. We passed the ball well but did not create enough in the final third.

“We knew that would have to improve in the second half and I was really pleased at the way we showed real grit and determination to get back into the game.

“In the end we got the reward and it really is a big three points. We talked about how important it was to get this win and use it as a platform to push on and put some pressure on the team above us.

“I was very impressed with PSNI. They are in eighth spot in the table but I believe they should be much higher and I hope they can go on and take points of those teams around us.”