Academy Seconds ousted by Regent

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Banbridge Academy 2XI 0

Regent House 1XI 2

The Academy Seconds faced a strong team with title aspirations at Havelock Park.

The home side started promisingly and remained composed for the first 20 minutes including numerous, menacing counter attacks.

The strong defence of Adair, Cowan, McMurray and Liggett remained resolute in the face of dangerous Regent attacks.

The deadlock was broken by the visitors near the end of the first half after a miscommunication in the defence allowed Regent a simple goal.

The story was much the same in the second period, despite the rapid degradation of the surface due to the heavy rain making passing hockey difficult, despite a supreme effort from keeper Luke Skillen the visitors eventually doubled their lead.

Overall, it was a fantastic team effort from the 2XI who look strong before the start of their Dowdall Cup defence.

Academy U13s

The Banbridge Academy U13s began well against Regent with the play mainly on the right side with Jack Douglas at right-back getting it up to Lewis Groves.

Banbridge had the upper hand with a short corner but the first half ended with no goals.

In the second, Banbridge had a tactical change of position, good play on the left side of the pitch with some good passes between Mark Cowan and Edwarde Rowe.

Banbridge had a lot of chances with nine short corners but still no goals. As Regent forced the ball down the pitch there was good tackle from Josh Gibson to get Banbridge back in possession with a brilliant counter attack the ball was passed to Luke McConnell on the top of the circle, where he fired in.

After keeper Ross saved a corner, Regent won another short and managed to score.

It was a good match throughout with both teams playing equally well and Edward Rowe earned player of the match.