Six minute horror costs Juniors U14s

Banbridge Town Juniors Under-14s  in their new kit before their game with Lurgan Town. Included is John McPolin from McPolin Financial Services, who kindly donated towards their new kit. The club would like to take this opportunity to thank John for his kind donation.
Banbridge Town Juniors Under-14s in their new kit before their game with Lurgan Town. Included is John McPolin from McPolin Financial Services, who kindly donated towards their new kit. The club would like to take this opportunity to thank John for his kind donation.

A second half collapse denied Town Juniors all three points with a 3-3 draw on Saturday.

A combination of mental strength and fitness was the major cause although the visitors must take a lot of credit for their spirited comeback.

The Juniors flew out of the traps and had the Lurgan defence in all sorts of bother. This early pressure produced their first goal on five minutes when Shea Winters found himself on the edge of the area, waltzed past three defenders before slipping the ball under the keeper from a tight angle for an early lead.

The Juniors doubled their tally after ten minutes when Winters set up his midfield partner Cameron Sands for a tap in from close range.

Number three was all about Cameron Sands. On the 20 minute mark, the big midfielder won the ball in the middle of the park and drove at the defence, beat two players and drilled a well-struck low shot into the corner from the edge of the area.

The Juniors almost went 4-0 up when Reuben Turner struck an effort from all of 30 yards, forcing a save as impressive as the shot itself.

James Orr was having a fine game on the right side of midfield and Cameron Frizell was putting in a great shift up top as Town took control.

The last five minutes of the half should have been a wake up call as the Juniors slacked off and allowed the visitors to create a few decent chances.

After a stern warning from the management to start the second half as they did in the first, Town were pegged back to 3-3 withing six awful minutes

Slack marking, individual mistakes, fitness and a wonder strike was the catalyst for the three goals.

The Juniors to their credit held on at 3-3, especially the back four of Henry Doogan, Reuben Turner, Enda Haddow and Owen Vennard - all had to produce last ditch takles in the area.

Ruairi Andrews almost created an opening as he nutmegged the left back but his final ball was somehow cut out from the onrushing Town strikers who would have had an easy tap in.

It was a fair result in the end, but hopefully the team will learn from the experience, regroup and go again next week.