Lurgan Town return from Loughgall tournament with double trophy joy

Lurgan Town under 10s following success in Loughgall.INLM21-140
Lurgan Town under 10s following success in Loughgall.INLM21-140

Lurgan Town returned from the youth tournament organised by Loughgall as double champions, with another side missing out on the club clean sweep due to goal difference.

The under eights’ eight-strong side won the George Willis Memorial Trophy in a group alongside the hosts and Lisdrum Celtic.

A scoreless draw with Lisdrum and single-goal defeat of Loughgall - the first of the season for Lurgan Town against the latter, with Adam McKee impressive and Oliver Wade on target - secured a semi-final spot.

McKee and Wade each found the net in the last-four defeat of Banbridge Rangers, with Luke Adair and Tom Hawthorne in top form against Armagh City.

The side was managed by Paul Mercer and Tim Dillon.

“This was a great achievement for the boys in a very strong tournament that included Ards Rangers, Glentoran and Castle Juniors,” said a Lurgan Town spokesperson. “The other teams in Lurgan Town’s group all won trophies, which made the victory even better knowing the boys topped the strongest group.

“A massive “well done” to all the boys and a big thanks to the parents for their support.”

LURGAN TOWN: Adam McKee, Reuben Wallace, Owen Mercer, Alex Dillon, Harry Hutchinson, Oliver Wade, Tom Hawthorne, Luke Adair. Managers: Paul Mercer and Tim Dillon.

Lurgan Town under nines - with Chris Kemp as manager - suffered a 2-1 defeat to Banbridge Rangers before a 1-1 draw against Kells Blackwater across the Loughgall Bowl and 2-0 victory over Portadown Youth.

“We eventually lost out on the Bowl on goal difference but a very big “well done” to all the boys,” said a club spokesman. “It is fantastic just to see how far you have come in one season and, at times, you have been outstanding.”

LURGAN TOWN: Robert Wilson, Tom Mawhinney, Darragh Mulligan, Luke Cranston, Sean McCartan, Thomas Wade, Charlie Givans, Aodhan McConville, Ryan Brown, Daire Young.

Lurgan Town under 10s came out on top by 2-0 in the final to see off Ards Rangers and enjoy a successful defence of the Loughgall Cup.

The group stages resulted in three wins and a treble of clean sheets - with Dylan Alexander, Jamie Stringer and Patryk Suchonski on target against Lisburn Youth, Banbridge Town and Castle Juniors.

Success from the penalty spot after a scoreless draw pushed Lurgan Town into the main event against Ards Rangers.

Andrew Orr, Shea Murphy, Krisy Cassells, Daniel Dillon, Matthew McKee and Dylan Emerson worked hard to help secure the 2-0 victory for the side managed by Greg Cassells and William Martin.

LURGAN TOWN: Shea Murphy, Krisy Cassells, Daniel Dillon, Dylan Emerson, Jamie Stringer, Matthew McKee, Andrew Orr, Dylan Alexander, Patryk Suchonski, Josh Martin.