Loughgall u13s produced a display full of pace and power on Saturday as they defeated Limavady in their latest National League Section A game.
In perfect conditions Loughgall began the game at a high tempo and dominated possession but during the opening 15 minutes they were unable to carve open any clear cut opportunities and too often Loughgall lost their composure and rushed the final pass when well positioned. Only a Jack Scott free kick tested the Limavady keeper in the opening exchanges. However the next 15 minutes were a different story and belonged almost entirely to Chris Whiteside who scored a rapid hat trick. His first came when he raced goalwards from a Mark Palmer pass to rifle a low shot past the keepers near post. Minutes later he doubled Loughgalls lead when his shot looped over the keepers head and he then completed his quick fire hat trick as again his pace proved too much for the Limavady defence to cope with as he rifled the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle. This was Chris’s first hat trick for the club and one he fully deserved. Adam Wright then lobbed the keeper to score Loughgall’s fourth but Limavady were given a lifeline on the stroke of half time as they converted a penalty.
The second half saw Limavady come more into the game and a comeback looked a possibility when they scored a long range free kick but to Loughgall’s credit they didn’t panic as they poured forward and Sam Barrett charged down the keeper’s clearance allowing him to tap home. Sam Barrett then scored another with a close range finish to end Limavady’s resistance. At this stage Loughgall were in complete control typified by superb performances from Sam McKew, Jack Scott, Adam Wright and Sean Quigley in midfield whose power and tackling were too much for Limavady to handle. This was allowing them to play some superb football when moving forward and Jack Scott soon added to the scoreline via a deflected shot before Sam Barrett completed his hat trick. Credit must go to Limavady who continued to try to play football but Jason Dodds in particular thwarted any danger. The final goal probably summed up Loughgall’s display as Jack Scott pressurised the Limavady midfielder into losing possession before Jack himself fired home Loughgalls ninth and final goal.
Overall this was the teams most impressive display of the season with the full squad playing their part but the team now need to display this sort of performance against the top teams in the league.
Team: Sam Monaghan, Mark Palmer, Jac McElveen, Jason Dodds, Cameron Faulkner, Adam Wright, Ryan Fearon, Sam McKew, Sam Barrett, Chris Whiteside, Sean Quigley, Jack Scott