HAVELOCK Park was the setting for the first competitive derby between Seapatrick and Banbridge Rangers last Tuesday evening with Rangers taking all three points with two decisive goals in the second half.
It was clinical finishing that decided the game as Seapatrick were denied several good chances to opening the scoring in the first half through a combination of poor decision making and the brilliance of Ivon Blevins.
Banbridge Rangers had a poor first half by their standards and couldn’t get a grip on the game against a determined village side who carved out numerous chances with Ryan Graham missing two when well placed.
Jason Gourley was denied for the away team before the half time interval arrived with the game stuck at a stalemate.
Banbridge Rangers started to carve out more openings and take control of the game the longer it went on and almost found the opening goal through Chris Chambers who rattled the post with a long range free kick.
On 66 minutes Jason Gourley broke the deadlock finishing well after being played through by Clydesdale to the relief of the men in blue.
Within five minutes Banbridge Rangers had doubled their lead through Trevor Tate who sidefooted a Clydesdale corner into the top left hand side of the net to give his side some breathing space.
The two goals in quick succession knocked the stuffing out of Seapatrick with the game fizzling out and Rangers going away with three valuable points in their first season in Mid Ulster’s top flight.