Friendly: Lowestoft Town 1 Luton Town 2
Trialist Mustafa Tiryaki scored twice as Luton Town kicked off their pre-season preparations on British soil with a 2-1 victory at Lowestoft Town this afternoon.
The 28-year-old striker, who was most recently with Turkish side Gozetepe before being invited to train at Luton recently, has also had spells at Tranmere Rovers, Cambridge United, Havant & Waterlooville and Maidenhead in his career.
Tiryaki began upfront alongside Zane Banton as Luton picked a side full of youth teamers and those out of favour out at Kenilworth Road, while the hosts had ex-Hatters Rossi Jarvis and Dan Gleeson in their team.
Defender Curtley Williams had the captains armband, with the match arranged after Town signed him from Lowestoft last season, while Jake Howells, Andy Parry and Matt Robinson all started too.
Early on chances were few and far between, with Banton striking the woodwork, while Howells was soon replaced by James Justin.
Jake Reed went close for the hosts before Town were ahead as Tiryaki nodded home Parry’s delivery.
Hatters keeper Craig King then kept his side ahead with a fine stop from Reed, while he was indebted to the frame of the goal for keeping out a cross shot.
In the second half, Alex Atkinson replaced Parry, while Isaac Galliford fired at Marcus Garnham with Town moving 2-0 up as Tiryaki climbed highest to head home Justin’s cross.
Justin himself tried to add a third, firing wide, but Lowestoft pulled a goal back in the final 10 minutes as Woods converted from close range, while a marvellous stop from King ensured victory.
Hatters are expected to field a stronger side at Boreham Wood for their next pre-season friendly on Tuesday evening.
Lowestoft: Marcus Garnham, Jack Ainsley, Adam Smith, Erkan Okay, Scott Mitchell, Dan Gleeson, Joe Marsden, Rossi Jarvis (C), Ryan Jarvis, Jake Reed, Robert Eagle.
Subs: Chris Henderson, Jake Jessup, Dean Mason, Bradley Woods-Garness, Connor Deeks, Harry Coe, Reece Edwards-King.
Hatters: Craig King, Curtley Williams (C), Luke Trotman, Tinashe Abrahams, Frankie Musonda (Kaven Cotter), Isaac Galliford (Akin Famewo), Matt Robinson, Andy Parry (Alex Atkinson), Jake Howells (James Justin), Zane Banton (George Murray), Mustapha Tiryaki.