Aaron’s hat-trick at Havelock sees off Garvey

Bann Thirds in derby action under the floodlights on the Lurgan Road. INBL1544-249PB
Bann Thirds in derby action under the floodlights on the Lurgan Road. INBL1544-249PB

Banbridge Thirds, sponsored by Edina, thrashed Garvey 4-0 in their first home fixture of their league campaign.

Bann were forced into a late minute change after Dean withdrew due to injury with Campbell stepping into the hole.

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Bann started brightly and their high press paid dividends when the Garvey keeper failed to clear a routine kick and Reid was on hand to slot the ball past the keeper.

Bann continued to control the half with McKnight, Brown and Norris pulling the strings in midfield.

Bann failed to capitalise on a couple of short corners with Anderson firing straight at the keeper.

The fluidity of passing by Bann was excellent in spells and after Bennington intercepted from a Garvey counter he found C Campbell who fired the ball past the on rushing keeper with his first touch.

Young replaced Campbell in attack and was unlucky not to increase Bann’s lead when well placed. Solid defending from Bann meant Roleston in the Bann goal was not called upon during the half.

Garvey tried to get back into the game early in the second half but Cowan and Matson repelled any promising attacks.

Bann regained their control of the match and extended their lead when Reid made no mistake when well placed in the Garvey circle.

Bann were denied a fourth after the ball struck the Garvey crossbar after the best move of the match.

A flowing string of ten passes from defence through midfield led to the ball being played into the circle and Reid’s deflection hit the crossbar and rebounded away to safety.

Bann won several short corners towards the end of the half and Reid scored his third when he rounded the first runner and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Neither team could find anymore goals and Bann ran out convincing winners.

Bann Thirds now travel to North Down seconds on Saturday to play one of the favourites for the league.