A poor second half cost Newburgh at Brownlands Park on Saturday. The ‘Burgh faced Luncarty, who were yet to drop a point in the league, with new signing Andy Wainwright in the middle of the park making his debut.
Newburgh started on the attack pressing the game high up the park not allowing Luncarty to settle on the ball. Scott Sutherland and Evan Stanfield worked hard defending from the front line harassing the home defence whenever they were in possession.
Newburgh created a half chance in the 10th minute with Sutherland unable to get the ball under control from a Scarborough diagonal ball.
Luncarty worked their way into the game and started to pose a threat in the forward area with Clark, Hutchison and Cameron in the ‘Burgh backline being called upon to thwart any attacks before there were opportunities to score.
Leadbetter and Elseedawy in the middle of the park were working together with Wainwright to stifle any possession before there was a threat.
The game looked to be deadlocked as half time approached. Newburgh had a corner that came to nothing and a quick break out by Luncarty caught Newburgh on their heels. A driven cross from the left-hand side was met by Mills who made no mistake from 6 yards out to provide the home side with the half time advantage.
Newburgh would have been wounded by the loss of this late goal but with a strong first half performance behind them they had no reason to doubt that they could get themselves back into the game.
However, the Luncarty side who came out in the second half were keen to add to their lead and they attacked from the off.
An Anton penalty conversion that just slipped under Sutherland gave Luncarty the comfort of the second goal in the 51st minute and from then on Newburgh struggled to defend the onslaught that they faced.
Luncarty added goals from Fergus in the 58th minute and when Newburgh thought things couldn’t get much worse a 4th goal was added when a Mollison cross evaded everyone and looped under the bar in the 60th minute.
Scott Hudson shuffled his pack introducing Fraser for Elseedawy, Edwards for Leadbetter and Ben Jenkins made his competitive debut replacing Scott Sutherland.
A fifth goal for Luncarty in the 69th minute was added by Green and the final nail in Newburgh’s coffin was struck on full time with Yates adding the home sides 6th of the day.
Manager Scott Hudson was disappointed with the second half but took heart from the opening 45-minute performance “This is a harsh lesson for the lads. We cannot afford to switch off against the top teams which is what happened in the second half. It is really disappointing as we more that held our own and were probably the better team in the first half. The second half capitulation is something we will have to talk about at training as it is not what we are about”.
|November 14, 2020||2:00 pm||EoSFL Conference B||2020 - 21|
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