Banbridge ran out convincing 8-1 winners against Mossley in their second Kirk Cup game on Saturday.
The home team opened their account in the fifth minute through Fraser Mills. The former Mossley man showed great composure at the top of the circle with a right to left drag that wrong footed the goalkeeper, allowing him to slide the ball comfortably into the net.
Fraser doubled his tally moments later when he picked up a bouncing ball unmarked before slamming it high into the roof of the goal.
The third came after some fantastic individual skill from Philip Brown, who pulled the ball back for striker Simon Magowan to finish.
Stephen Dowds spotted an overlapping right-wing run from Bruce McCandless, who made his way along the base line before expertly playing the ball across the face of the goal. Dane Ward, aware of his close marking and difficult angle, dummied the ball allowing it to reach Philip Brown for his first senior goal in a Bann shirt.
Eugene Magee scored Bann’s fifth when he dispatched a drag flick through the Mossley goalkeeper’s legs before Mossley got a goal against the run of play after the usually impeccable umpiring staff missed an infringement by one of their strikers.
This created a ‘two against one’ opportunity against the Bann goalkeeper that they converted.
Bruce McCandless looked to raise Bann after a sloppy period of passing and he did so by breaking into the circle on the on the right hand side before smashing an unstoppable tomahawk into the far corner.
The in form Simon Magowan capped off a good day for Banbridge with two goals in quick succession.
All three forwards linked up well to create the scoring opportunities and the veteran striker dispatched them with consummate ease.
Overall an afternoon filled with many positives for the Banbridge, however they will have to iron out many of the technical errors if the want to emulate, or in fact improve upon last season’s success.