Loughgall Youth travelled to Belfast on Saturday to take on a lively Crusaders side and the Youth had to put in a real fighting display. In a what was a scrappy first half for the villagers ,then exploded into life when James Black opened the scoring five minutes before half time with what was a stunning goal from about thirty yards.
The second half for the villagers was a much better display although the surface didn’t really allow for free flowing football.Crusaders came back into the game when a ball over the top was cleared,only for the Crusaders forward to thump high into the net.Loughgall knew they in a game and had to fight hard in all departments.Loughgall eventually got the break their second half performance warranted,when Sam Kerr turned and smashed home his first of the day and this was soon followed,when for a second match in a row James Black scored directly from a corner.Today the boys had to roll up their sleeves and really dig deep against a strong Crusaders side.Although not at their fluent best Loughgall never gave up and the fighting display was excellent to see.
John Forde played well in goals and when called upon performed very well.The defence of Jamie Cupples, Nathan Stoops, Ben Gillis, Chris Lindsay and then Jordan Bentley all had good, steady games.With the midfield of Ben Gibbons, James Black, Marcus Stevenson and Alexander Black all having good games with James in particular grabbing the lime light for what simply was a excellent strike to set Loughgall on their way. Sam Kerr, Adam Neill and then Curtis Mayes all played well up front with Sam turning and firing in a crucial goal as well.
Man of the Match: James Black
Squad: John Forde, Jamie Cupples, Ben Gillis, Nathan Stoops, Chris Lindsay, Ben Gibbons, James Black, Marcus Stevenson, Alexander Black, Adam Neill, Sam Kerr, Curtis Mayes and Jordan Bentley.