BANBRIDGE Town U9s played another two fixtures at the Brownstown Development Centre in Portadown and after their best performances of the season so far came away with a 3-1 win against Portadown Youth and a 1-0 win against Lurgan Predators.
In the first game against Portadown Harry Annett put the boys 1-0 up with a neat control and shot into the bottom corner.
Annett then put Town 2-0 up, lifting the ball over the `keeper from close range.
Banbridge made it 3 - 0 when Annett`s corner deflected off a defender and into the net with Portadown scoring in the dying stages to leave the final score at 3-1 to Banbridge.
Banbridge kept their best until last, winning 1-0 against an excellent Lurgan Predators side.
Right from the start Town pressed well with the defence, midfield and strikers playing as a unit with great passing and interplay among the boys.
Banbridge had a lot of the possession with Lurgan having to defend in numbers to keep the score at 0-0.
They took the lead with an through ball from Taylor Hill to Harry Annett who pushed forward to slot home with a neat left foot shot into the bottom corner.
Josh Kerr showed great determination in midfield and also went close with a header while Joshua Noble showed great feet and passing as well from deep in his own half.
Overall a top quality display from the boys who played their best football so far - in the two games the anmount of work goalkeeper Toby Jones had to do was evident of the hardworking display of the team from front to back. With continued hard work and attitude they can go from strength to strength.
TEAM: Toby Jones, Alex Innocenzi, Bobby Jones, Taylor Hill, Josh Kerr, Joshua Noble, Harry Annett, Tom King, Finn Martin.
- THE club’s other U9s scored two wins over Portadown Youth and Oxford Sunnyside.
In their first game against Portadown they were two down in the early stages with Portadown starting brightly and only for some fine defending from Calum Kermath and Lee Whitten the scoreline might have been more.
With half the game still remaining Banbridge started to slowly come into the game more and they pulled a goal back when an Owen Wilson corner was superbly headed into the net by Josh Kerr.
This seemed to spur Banbridge on and the equaliser soon arrived when Jack Murrays effort was saved by the keeper only for Patrick McGrath to sweep home the rebound.
With only a few minutes remaining Banbridge turned the game around when Ryan Meara found Josh Kerr who skipped past the last defender before slotting the ball past the keeper to win the game 3-2 for the Town.
Against Oxford Sunnyside Banbridge started very brightly and took a deserved lead when Patrick McGrath’s pinpoint cross was met by Adam Hamilton’s brilliant header into the net.
Banbridge got their second when Ryan Meara crossed for Adam Hamilton to finish off a fine move and number three soon arrived when this weeks man of the match Adam Hamilton grabbed a hat trick when he skipped past two defenders before finding the net.
To their credit Oxford kept going and got their rewards with two quick goals and in the closing stages could have got an equaliser had it not been for two fine saves by Kyle Bradford and a couple of excellent last ditch tackles from Owen Wilson but Banbridge held on for the 3-2 win.
Team: Kyle Bradford, Lee Whitten, Calum Kermath, Ryan Meara, Owen Wilson, Patrick McGrath, Adam Hamilton, Jack Murray, Josh Kerr