Disappointed Reserves fail to take chances

Banbridge Rangers U10s pictured at Windsor Park last week during half time in the international game against Israel.
Banbridge Rangers U10s pictured at Windsor Park last week during half time in the international game against Israel.

BANBRIDGE Rangers Reserves entertained the league leaders Armagh City on Friday night and came away extremely dissapointed to lose after dominating and having a host of clear cut chances.

Rangers were able to strengthen the spine of the team with Gregg, Cousins and Gourley dropping down from the first whilst Chris Chambers also deputised in nets.

The home side started brighter and should have been 1-0 up after 15 minutes only for Jason Gourleys solo run and shot to rebound off the angle.

Armagh City were denied a one on one soon after by a good stop from Chambers but there was nothing he could do when City scored a well hit long range shot on 26 mins.

The goal didnt dishearten the Gers who worked hard all over the pitch and found an equaliser on 34 mins when Coly Cousins beat two players before unleashing a thunderbolt into the top corner from over 25 yards.

Banbridge Rangers were dominant in the next 10 minutes with Robbie Baird coming closest crashing the under side of the bar and Jason Gourley seeing a half volley go wide of the upright.

Peter Dean replaced left winger Aaron Chambers after a knock and started to cause problems with his direct running and link up play. Ryan Gregg had a double effort blocked after picking up a deep corner but Rangers were caught out by a counter attack in injury time and Armagh scored a deflating second goal from close range to go 2-1 into the half time interval.

The second half saw Banbridge Rangers take control of proceedings and they carved out eight clear cut chances in the 45 minute period but a lack of composure became the Gers undoing.

Armagh City looked a shadow of the side who have been so impressive this season so far but they managed to score a third goal on seventy minutes with a free kick on the edge of the eighteen yard box drilled into the top corner.

As the game drew to a close Rangers continued to squander chances with Andy Mallen striking the bar from six yards out and Jordan McCracken couldnt get the ball out of his feet to finish an open goal from four yards. Substitute Andy McLarty saw a deflected shot from a low Gourley cross touched around the post and then failed to control an exquisite ball through from Mallen in injury time.

Banbridge Rangers Reserves added another good performance but dissapointing result to their repertoire this seasonand have proved that competing isnt a problem but finishing off games is and this is the difference between the Reserves finishing top three and coming bottom of the pile.

The Reserves final match is an away tie against Loughgall Reserves this Tuesday April 9 with kick off at 7pm at Lakeview Park.