Banbridge hit Ballymacash for six in battle of the Gers

5 March 2014; A general view of a football. UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Montenegro, Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
5 March 2014; A general view of a football. UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Montenegro, Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

Banbridge Rangers Reserves secured a 6-2 victory and three valuable league points away to Ballymacash Rangers with a confident performance on a bitterly cold day in Lisburn last Saturday.

The opening goal arrived for the away side in the 17th minute when Jason Gourley headed in an Aaron Buchanan corner at the back post.

The Gers had to wait until just before half time to double their lead with a goal manufactured by the Mallen brothers.

Striker Andy played a through ball for midfielder Dean to race onto and he produced a cultured finish by lobbing the keeper.

With only five minutes gone in the second half, it was the Banbridge Gers who were celebrating a 3-0 lead.

New signing Tom Grover made his first start for the club and had a debut goal to remember by finding the top corner from all of 25 yards.

Ballymacash brought the game back to 3-1 but soon after, the Gers regained their three goal advantage.

Nutmeg king Andy Mallen dribbled past three players from the halfway line before finishing off the Messi-like move by rounding the goalkeeper for a tap in.

Ballymacash showed more fight with a second goal but the comeback was short lived as Banbridge went 5-2 ahead thanks to Jason Gourley’s second goal, which was converted from a Jason Adamson free.

In the final five minutes, the gloss was put on the result by midfielder Jordan McCracken who buried his shot beyond the keeper from 18 yards.