Banbridge Rangers exited the Marshall Cup at Cheney Park on Saturday against a strong Loughgall Reserves team who went ahead after only 90 seconds and, despite falling 2-1 behind, eventually claimed a 4-2 win.
Loughgall started brightest and Steven McMinn was called upon to make three saves from one on ones before the Gers got a foothold on proceedings and ultimately an equaliser which came from Kenny Gracey who powered home an Andy Mallen corner on the stroke of half time.
On 52 minutes, Porter was taken down for a penalty which was dispatched by Chrissy Chambers to give Gers the lead. Loughgall equalised with half an hour to go and went in front again through Copeland who diverted in with his thigh from two yards out.
Loughgall’s striker then scored a well taken fourth but in the dying seconds an injury to Loughgall’s Stefan Thompson brought an end to proceedings. A scan later revealed no fractures.
Colly Martin’s team bagged three points with a 4-2 win at Annagh United on Saturday and scored two contenders for goal of the season in the process.
The two boys with wonder strikes were Dean McIlveena and Russell Hilland with debutant Andrew Trimble helping himself to a goal whilst Annagh contributed a fourth.
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A Banbridge Rangers hosted Moneyslane, the visiting keeper had a superb game denying the Gers on numerous occassions but could do nothing to stop Matty Gilchrist’s opener.
Adam Wilson then curled in directly from a corner and Lee Chapman scored a fantastic effort from wide right before adding another.