After managing to navigate past the M1 closure Banbridge thirds arrived at the new Bangor pitch with seconds to spare from push back.
Banbridge appeared to take the lead when a direct hit from Woods from outside the circle was deflected in by the Bangor keeper however the umpire was unsighted. Banbridge survived a similar incident when a ball crashed into the Banbridge circle got a faint nick off Robbie Scott’s stick in the circle and beat Skillen in the Banbridge goal but again the umpire didn’t appear to see the deflection.
Some composed play round the back found Scott in acres of space and after a strong run he found Kennedy in the circle, who turned his man with ease and fired the ball into the bottom corner of the Bangor goal.
Banbridge’s lead was short lived with Bangor picking up second phase possession in the Banbridge circle and the Bangor initial strike was tapped in at the back post.
After good work down the left hand side of the pitch between Scott and Sneddon, Matthews picked up the ball just outside the Bangor circle and after beating two defenders he rolled the ball under the Bangor keeper to give Banbridge the lead.
The locals put the game out of Bangor’s reach with another strike from Matthews. His strong run into the circle this time found him on his reverse stick and with the ball bouncing up he volleyed the ball past the Bangor keeper.