Banbridge Town AFC continued their good form last weekend with a 3-1 victory over Ballymacash Rangers, lifting them to sixth in the table and delighting manager Chris Beattie.
“We are putting a good run together now and we’re happy with the way we are playing,” he said. “But in this league every game is like a cup final and it is all on the day. so we hope we can keep this going as long as we can.
“From a coaching point of view, it was great to see us creating so many good chances. We had several one on one chances with the keeper but we didn’t have our shooting boots on. Mc Cavitt has been brilliant for us but is a young lad and needs to learn from these missed opportunities. He is a fantastic player and if he learns he will be a prolific striker no doubt about it.”
The opening exchanges saw hosts Rangers start very brightly and moved the ball well on a heavy pitch. Rangers created a few half chances which seemed to waken up a sluggish AFC.
The pitch did not really allow quick passing but the football was entertaining nonetheless. On 10 minutes, Heaney played a lovely ball through for McCavitt but his effort was straight at the keeper.
Soon after, good work by Hayes in the middle of the park played the ball to Williamson who with quick feet opened up the Rangers defence but he shot just wide.
Toner then fired wide as AFC began to turn the screw. And they got their rewards on 16 minutes as Johnston won the ball in defence and played a penetrating ball down the flank to McCavitt. He whipped in a pin- point cross to strike partner Williamson who finished well to open the scoring.
Jordan then struck a free-kick over the bar. Even when Rangers won a corner, AFC broke up the pitch and Williamson set up McCavitt but he shot just wide
AFC continued to make chance after chance but failed to take them. Every time either McCavitt or Williamson got into the final third, they looked like scoring.
After the half time team talk hammering home the need to be more ruthless in front of goal, McCavitt is put clean through again but this time he maked no mistake and coolly slotted the ball low into the Rangers net.
The second half was the same as the the first with AFC creating good chances and playing well.
On 65 minutes, Williamson with great skills cut through Rangers, beat the last defender but struck the post.
Jordan then burst into the Rangers penalty area, where he was upended leaving the referee with little choice but to award AFC with their first spot-kick of the season.
Defender Brian Johnston was nominated as the man to go for goal and he made no mistake to make it 3-0.
Monaghan then came on for McCavitt and Burns for man of the match Aaron Heaney. Aaron’s forward passing was causing Rangers problems all day and giving the two strikers the ball on a plate time after time.
Rangers, with nothing to lose, really went for it and created a really good chance which was well dealt with by big Phil Goan, who parried the shot onto the crossbar and then rose up to catch it.
However, AFC could not keep a clean sheet and Rangers got their goal after a terrific save from Goan fell in the area and AFC failed to clear it and the ball found its way into the net somehow.
That was how it finished, another confidence boosting victory for the Town AFC lads, who host coagh United’s second string at Crystal Park this weekend.
TOWN AFC: Phil Goan, Michael Mallon, Dylan Martin, Brian Johnston, Mark Toner, Jordan Hayes, Stuart Jordan, Gareth Orr, Aaron Heaney, Stephen McCavitt, Ryan Williamson.
Subs: Eoin Monaghan, Christopher Burns, Darren Downey.