Extra-time joy for Bann 2s in Irish Junior Cup first round

It took extra-time for Banbridge 2s beat Kilkeel 2s 5-4 in a thrilling Irish Junior Cup first round.

Bann dominated the early exchanges but failed to capitalise despite close efforts from Bill Malcolmson and Sam Farson. After ten minutes Kilkeel broke free on a counter attack, the winger slapped into the D and the forward slotted past the stranded Bingham in goal.

This was totally against the run of play and spurred Bann into wave after wave of attack on the Kilkeel goal. A neat passage of play from the Marshall brothers resulted in a penalty corner that was superbly despatched by Aaron Reid. Ten minutes later Matthew Hurst took a quick free and fired a low reverse into the D that was expertly deflected passed the keeper by Matthew Warnock to give Bann the lead.

After the break Kilkeel came out with renewed intent and pressurised the locals’ goal however they found Peter Bingham in superb form as he thwarted numerous attacks. Despite this the equaliser was inevitable and it duly arrived with fifteen minutes of the game remaining.

This time it was Bann’s turn to up the ante as Clark Neville dispatched a stroke with aplomb to put his side 3-2 ahead. However, unable to clear their lines after four consecutive penalty corners, Bann paid the price as Kilkeel made it 3-3 with minutes remaining.

The final whistle brought an end to normal time however under the rules of the competition a further 5 minutes was to be played before a penalty shootout. In the extra period Bann were the first to react and won a corner which Neville put away. A minute later Kyle Marshall showed a cool head and exquisite skill to round the keeper and score the goal of the match. With seconds remaining Kilkeel made it 5 - 4 but Bann march on to the second round after a pulsating match.