This was a comfortable win for Town Juniors Under-17s in the first round Shield match as they controlled the game right from the outset leaving the end result in no doubt who would win.
Right from the first whistle Banbridge were in control, dominating the midfield and creating many scoring chances.
The first goal came after only six minutes when Adam Dennison hit an overhead kick towards the Ridgeway goal and Ryan Williamson took the ball on his chest and slipped it through to Declan Loy who tucked it neatly past the keeper.
Ryan Williamson made it two when he was quickest to react to a block by the keeper from of a David Gray shot and scored from close range.
Four minutes later Ryan Williamson got his second after Declan Loy played him through with a lovely little ball and he placed his shot past the outstretched keeper and Adam Dennison made it four when he scored with a great header from a David Gray corner.
In the second half it was more of the same and after five minutes Gareth Orr played a lovely ball into the box from the right wing and David Gray beat the keeper to the ball with his head to make it five.
Halfway through the second half Banbridge made it six with a Josh Buchanan direct free kick which rocketed in off the underside of the crossbar giving the keeper no chance.
TEAM: Kalem Farrell, Jordan Hayes, Andrew Martin, Brian Johnston, Andrew Bennington, Dylan Martin, Gareth Orr, Adam Dennison, Declan Loy, David Gray, Ryan Williamson, Niall McCreanor, Stephen McCavitt, Josh Buchanan, William Dunlop.
mixed weekend for u10S
Banbridge Town Juniors U10s recorded a win and a defeat in their two development games on Saturday morning.
In the first game there wasn’t much between the two sides and very few chances were created in the early stages with Patrick McGrath, Adam Hamilton and Owen Wilson competing very well in the midfield.
Midway through the game Owen Wilson drove forward and drove a superb effort into the net to give Banbridge the lead. Lee Whitten and Bobby Jones were excellent in the Banbridge defence with both making some vital tackles to deny the opposition. This allowed Banbridge to get forward and Owen Wilson scored his second with another driving run and shot into the net,
Banbridge keeper Kyle Bradford had to be alert on a couple of occasions near the end of the game to keep a clean sheet and the win for Banbridge.
In their second game the Juniors started slowly and found themselves behind early on. They were soon on level terms when Adam Hamilton’s corner was met at the far post by Patrick McGrath and his header back allowed Josh Noble to poke the ball over the line.
Jack Murray also found himself unlucky with an effort that went just wide. Banbridge were unlucky when they conceded a goal with the last kick of the ball but credit must go to the Juniors as they showed great attitude and commitment again in their two games and hopefully they will continue this in their development games this season.
Team: Kyle Bradford, Lee Whitten, Bobby Jones, Owen Wilson, Patrick McGrath, Adam Hamilton, Josh Noble, Jack Murray