SHOCK CUP EXIT FOR RANGERS

Banbridge Rangers suffered a defeat at Cheney Park on Saturday when they hosted Intermediate B side Hanover in the second round of the Marshall Cup.

Hanover came with the intent of playing a high pressing game and gave Banbridge Rangers very few options to pick out teammates from the back through to midfield.

The Portadown side managed to open the scoring two minutes later through a screamer from McCullough after a neat bit of play down the left saw the midfielder smash the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.

Hanover continued to dominate the remainder off the half and would have been disappointed only going iin 1-0 up with Rangers keeper saving a one on one. The Rangers players half time dress down worked as they came back and started to compete.

Within a few minutes Jonny O’Neill sent in an inswinging cross which was met from a diving header by Glenn Moffett but it crashed off the crossbar. Moffett did get his goal four minutes later when good work down the left between Frazer and Gourley released Moffett in past the centre half and he picked his spot in the bottom corner.

It was Banbridge Rangers who were in ascendancy and they should have went 2-1 up when Cousins had the run off the half but the keeper read his intention to chip and saved well. Just before the hour mark a crafty dummy from Moffett allowed Gourley to go free but Hanovers keeper came out well to smother the shot and within three passes and ten seconds Hanover had counter attacked and scored through Harrison.

Ryan Gregg went close from distance and Chris Chambers almost drew level with a free kick but in the end it wasn’t enough.

Hanover scored a third goal with four minutes to go when the best player on the pitch, Michael Wilson, rounded the keeper with a drop of the shoulder and tapped in for a deserved win.