Mackail-Smith starts as Hatters win 1-0 in Portugal

Craig Mackail-Smith
Craig Mackail-Smith

Striker Craig Mackail-Smith was named in the starting line-up for Luton Town’s first pre-season friendly against Farense in Portugal this evening.

The 31-year-old free agent partnered summer signing Josh McQuoid upfront, with run-outs for virtually all of Town’s first team squad who had travelled bar Pelly Ruddock, Zane Banton, Magnus Okuonghae, Paddy McCourt and Dan Potts.

Hatters, who fielded three trialists, went on to win 1-0, new signing Stephen O’Donnell scoring the only goal of the game as he headed in Luke Guttridge’s corner.

Mackail-Smith had seen calls for a penalty turned down in the opening period when he was tripped by the goalkeeper, only for nothing to be given.

After the break, Hatters changed all 10 outfield players, as Jack Marriott fired narrowly over and Danny Green saw his long range free kick saved.

John Still’s return to action in England on Sunday, with a trip to Lowestoft Town, kick-off 2.30pm.

Town (first half): Elliot Justham (Craig King 30), Stephen O’Donnell, Trialist, Luke Wilkinson, Scott Griffiths, Alex Lawless, Luke Guttridge, Nathan Doyle, Ryan Hall, Josh McQuoid, Craig Mackail-Smith.

Town (second half): Craig King (Trialist 60), Curtley Williams, Scott Cuthbert, Steve McNulty, Mark Onyemah, Danny Green, Jonathan Smith, Cameron McGeehan, Trialist (Alex Lawless), Paul Benson, Jack Marriott.