Swallow sponsored Banbridge continued their winning streak in the Kirk cup on Tuesday night with an emphatic 6-0 win against a physical Newry side.
Newry started well, forcing a short corner from the Bann defence within the first 2 minutes, Peter Bingham in goals making a good save from the Newry drag flick.
The next five minutes saw the visitors threatening the Bann defence but the experienced Phillip Brown and Drew Carlisle managed to deal with anything Newry threw at them. Timothy Watt, who replaced the injured Matthew Bell, showed why he has made the team at such a young age by putting in a strong performance in defence despite constant physical battling from Newry.
Bann then turned on the flair with Dowds and McKee coming close to breaking the deadlock. Corners won by Dowds, McKee and Wright eventually resulted in Bann’s first goal, Dowds duly converting with an unstoppable drag flick into the bottom corner.
Newry were piling everyone back and breaking down the play which meant Bann had to find their goals from short corners. Phillip Brown was next on the score-sheet with another hard drag-flick and Dowds converted his second of the game soon after with yet another penalty corner.
Peter Brown in centre midfield found a range of quality passes linking well with Wright, Gilmore and Mills. Bann continued to remain in control for the rest of the half, but a seemingly harmless tackle from McKee saw him take two minutes for a green card. This didn’t please the Bann crowd.
The second half started with Wright and Gilmore providing the pressure on the visitors, linking well to produce Bann’s first chance of the half.
Aaron Reid also contributed to the penalty corner count after combining with Peter Brown. Dowds fired home into the corner after only two minutes in the second half.
Jonny McKee netted a screamer soon after but his roofed reverse was disallowed due to a previous infringement. Bann’s fifth came from Dowds again finding the net for his fourth of the game through another unstoppable drag flick.
Kyle Marshall came close towards the end with a stunning upright reverse but that was well saved by the Newry keeper. Frasier Mills got his name on the score-sheet for Bann’s sixth after a good counter attack by the home side.
The next game for the Bann men will be on Friday night at 8.15pm away to Mossley in the Ulster Premier League.