Banbridge win in the battle of the Rangers in charity final

Rathfriland Rangers went head to head with Banbridge Rangers in the Cancer Research final at Cheney Park on Friday evening.

But were defeated 4-0 by a determined and energetic team on the 3G synthetic surface.

The Whites had the first effort with Ryan Evans firing high and wide from distance but then Banbridge took the lead after the ball was intercepted in midfield and after breaking forward they chipped a great shot into the top corner.

Banbridge then went close to a second with a curling left foot shot just wide while Rathfriland’s Ian Weir fired a left footed free kick just over the crossbar.

Rathfriland then had two corners in succession but it was Banbridge who went closest when they again broke away with an angled low shot just wide of the post.

Just before the break Rathfriland gave away possession on the edge of their own box which allowed Matty McKnight to steal in and clip the ball high into the net to make the half time scoreline 2-0.

Things didn’t improve for the Whites although they had the first shot at goal when Ryan Gourley broke through and shot but his shot was saved.

The Banbridge number four then curled a great shot just wide of the post and then they added a third from the penalty spot after a handball inside the box.

Rathfriland nearly pulled one back after Mark Watt sent Ryan Evans through with a great ball but Evans’ stinging shot was well saved.

Coulter then shot over the bar and Johnny Gibson also had a looping shot with Banbridge also firing over from distance.

In the dying stages Banbridge scored with a free kick, leaving the final score at 4-0. Banbridge deserved their victory putting in a good shift while Rathfriland never really got into gear or got their passing game going.