U15s leave opponents Green with envy

Town Juniors Under-15s defeated Greenisland in a hotly contested match last Saturday morning.

As the game began Town were in control in the early stages with Jamie McCandless pulling the strings in midfield in his debut game for the Juniors.

Fifteen minutes from the end of the half Mark Burke was forced off after an injury and after more sustained pressure and a reshuffle of the team Town went one up when a great ball over the top from Jamie McCandless found Jack Lennon and his explosive pace proved too much for the defenders as he finished spectacularly on his weaker left foot.

In the early exchanges in the second half the Juniors continued to force the issue and this pressure paid off when they scored a second from another ball over the top of the defence that found Cormac Downey who cleverly lobbed the ball over the grasping and flailing hands of the opposition ‘keeper. Jamie McCandless was brought off for Callum Walker in the centre of the park but he was forced off after a nasty tackle so Jamie McCandless was brought back on and this would prove decisive in the later stages.

Banbridge were now a man up after the previous tackle as the offender saw red but his wouldn’t be the only red card of the match as Daniel Moore was proving too much on the left hand side for their defenders to deal with, and he too was hit with a nasty challenge and the Greenisland team found themselves two men down and two goals down.

Five minutes later the Juniors got their third when Jamie McCandless was brought down in the box and he scored the resulting penalty with ease. This was the end of the goals but Evan Taylor came close twice - one with a half-volley from the edge of the box and the other from a header.