On Friday night past, on what started out as a great night for football over at the new 4G facility at Tandragee, Banbridge Rangers U14s took on local rivals and neighbours Banbridge Town U14s in a re-arranged league game.
Rangers started the game looking for an early goal and put the Town under pressure for long periods without creating many clear cut chances.
Several speculative long range efforts from Tom Stannage, Adam Loughlin and skipper Josh Crawford did little to test the keeper in the Town nets.
However, the pressure soon bore fruit and following some lovely football right from the back involving Aaron Butler and Adam, the ball found its way to winger Jamie Berry .
Running hard at the defender and showing him the wrong way, Jamie cut back inside and unleashed a curling left foot shot that flew into the far top corner to give the boys in blue the lead.
Despite plenty of further pressure, no more goals came and only good all round defending from the back four and safe steady goal-keeping from Jack Keary kept the wee Gers in the lead to half-time.
Banbridge Town came out fast in the second half looking for the equaliser but the central defensive pairing of Josh Martin and Harry Patterson were equal to everything thrown at them.
By now the Gers midfield was strangling possession and substitute Jordy McMullan was looking dangerous and linking well with right back Kris Thompson to cause maximum disruption to the Town defence.
The pressure finally told following another Gers corner, when Jordy McMullan, all alone and unmarked at the back post had a free header to make it 2-0 and give the boys in blue some breathing space.
Rangers continued to pile on the pressure and Tom Stannage hit the post, although he maintains it went in and hit the wheel on the goal to rebound out, and both Josh Lyttle and Josh Crawford hit the bar.
The heavy rain that came with five minutes to go couldn’t put a dampener on the result for the wee Gers, another three points in the bag.
The boys get a break from league action this week with a trip to Carrick in the NIBFA Cup, weather permitting.