McStea's goal gives champions three-point cushion at summit
Emily McStea's first half goal secured Lurgan a 1-0 win over Randalstown in last night's Ulster Premier League clash at the Antrim Forum and enabled the defending champions to move three points clear at the top of the table.
Lurgan just about deserved their narrow victory after dominating early on although Town, missing their injured captain Shelley Black, always looked dangerous on the break.
Lauren Wright set up the opportunity for teenager McStea to score what turned out to be the only goal of the game in the 11th minute when her neat cut-back from the goal-line was despatched in clinical fashion.
Lurgan should have made it 2-0 in the 28th minute when they squandered a one-on-one chance with the keeper, who made a good stop.
Three minutes later, Lurgan captain Charlene Hull linked up well with Sarah McClure but, once again, the home keeper came to the rescue.
Randalstown improved after the restart in an evenly contested second period but were unable to capitalise on a series of half-chances and Lurgan, who on Sunday reached the final of the Ulster Shield, held on for an important victory.