FOOTBALL: Holloway shines as Rangers win

Banbridge Rangers teenagers Ryan Woods (left, 16 years old) and Bradley Harper (17) made debut appearances for the seniors on Saturday against Tullyvallen.
Banbridge Rangers teenagers Ryan Woods (left, 16 years old) and Bradley Harper (17) made debut appearances for the seniors on Saturday against Tullyvallen.

Banbridge Rangers progressed into the third Round of the Irish FA Intermediate Cup after a 3-2 win away to Tullyvallen on Saturday.

A relatively comfortable opening hour saw the Gers go three goals up via Cousins, Brady and and OG and probably should have been more considering the dominance.

Banbridge Rangers captain Jeff Brady (right) battling against Tullyvallen in the Intermediate Cup.

Banbridge Rangers captain Jeff Brady (right) battling against Tullyvallen in the Intermediate Cup.

A goal on the counter attack by Tullyvallen gave them a glimmer of hope and things got interesting after a superb finish from a Tullyvallen midfielder to make it 3-2.

Coly Cousins then saw a penalty well saved by Vallen keeper McKinstry in the 81st minute after Bradley Harper was taken down.

The hosts’ chances evaporated when Aaron Wells was sent off for stamping on Ben Wilson late on.

Man of the Match was 17 year old Matthew Holloway who was a thorn in the side of the Tullyvallen full-backs all afternoon.

There were also debuts for in-form striker Bradley Harper who is also only 17 years old and came on in the 53rd minute for Lee Feeney.

Also 16 year old defender Ryan Woods made his first senior appearance - coming on as a substitute for Holloway in the impressive cup performance.

Rangers Reserves 1

Dollingstown Reserves 1

(Aaron Chambers 21)

The Reserves ensure that Dollingstown didn’t gain revenge for their defeat inflicted by the Banbridge side earlier in the season with a draw at Cheney Park on Saturday afternoon.

Aaron Chambers opened the scoring from close range midway through the first half before Dollingstown equalised with ten minutes to go via Matthew Smylie to take a share of the spoils.