Sloan scores wonder goal as Town win

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Town’s U17s smashed Wakehurst 6-2 at Lisburn’s Wallace Park last Saturday morning.

They got off to a flying start with a goal in the second minute. Sam McCallister rolled his man and broke into space before squaring the ball, for Town captain Jake Laffin to top in.

Wakehurst were up against it straight away and were unable to come up with a reply as Town played at a blistering pace. Jordan Walker and Rhys Jones were dominating the midfield battle and a second goal came when Walker’s pin point 30 yard pass found Jonny Rodgers whose crosswas bundled into the net by a defender under pressure from McCallister.

A third goal came before the half when Walker picked up the ball in midfield, went passed four men on a mazy run before slotting into the far corner.

Things took a sour turn into the second half when Walker reacted angrily to a series of challenges and earned a red.

Wakehurst got a lifeline 15 minutes into the half when they capitalised from a corner which Town failed to clear.

The 10 men of Banbridge were reshuffled to keep hold of their lead but Wakehurst won a soft free kick on the edge of the area which they converted to make it 3-2.

With 15 minutes left to play, a Jake Laffin corner was met by Rhys Jones at the back post to head in. Captain Laffin scored his second and the Town’s fifth when he broke through before finishing over the keeper.

Wakehurst were reduced to nine men when their winger got a second yellow for a late challenge and another midfielder got a straight red.

The three points were wrapped up when set piece specialist Ryan Sloan finished magnificently from 30 yards.

The action was not over, with the Wakehurst keeper losing his focus and also earning himself a red.

Town’s MOTM was centre back Ryan Sloan for a solid and composed display along with a goal.