Gourley shines again and Tuda will bounce back says boss

Winger Ryan Gourley impressed against Coagh. INBL1601-206PB
Winger Ryan Gourley impressed against Coagh. INBL1601-206PB

Banbridge Town winger Ryan Gourley was picked out for more praise after Saturday’s narrow defeat.

Playing on the left, the former Newry City lad gave the Coagh United defence plenty to think about and was denied a late equaliser only by a top drawer save from his long range drive.

“Ryan was outstanding,” said boss Ryan Watson. “He has that ability and in recent weeks, he’s been on fire. On Saturday, he took the game to Coagh with his pace and his trickery.

“He was setting up chances and had a few opportunities himself.

“It’s great to have a young player like Ryan at the club, progressing and feeling confident. I have a lot of belief in him and if he keeps working hard, he’s going to be a big threat for us for the rest of the season.

“Chris Kingsberry did well too for a guy who had to do a fitness test before the game. He was very good on the ball and created things.

“Conor Downey got another goal but then drifted out of the game a bit and didn’t threaten as much in the second half. Then Neil Barr came on and did well. He caused them problems.”

Meanwhile, Watson back goalkeeper Tuda Murphy to put his first half error behind him.

He said: “Tuda has been really good since he game in. His handling has been excellent and he deals with things really well.

“Everything sticks to him so we were surprised that he made the mistake. Goalkeepers are going to make mistakes, that’s the nature of the game, particularly on a sticky pitch.

“He’ll bounce back. He’s too experienced. He’ll be hard on himself but if the players at the other end had taken their chances, we wouldn’t be taking about a defeat or about Tuda’s slip.

“It’s a team game and there are no fingers being pointed at anybody.”