Banbridge Rangers progressed to the third round of the Marshall Cup with a hard fought 1-0 win away to Dungannon Tigers on Saturday.
Both teams needed little introduction to each other after renewing a rivalry that stemmed back to 2006 when the Tigers and Rangers fought to the final day of the Division Four season with the Gers eventually picking up the title.
The first half was a physically competitive but fair contest in which neither side were able to create any clear chances with defence coming out on top at both ends of the field.
The second half began in the same vein with both teams playing at a high tempo but unable to carve out any openings, left back William Frazer doing particularly well to keep the Tigers tricky winger under wraps whilst Gregg and Chambers marshalled the in form Dungannon striker Brian Somerville.
The breakthough eventually arrived with just over 15 minutes left on the clock and was a goal that pleased the Banbridge Rangers management team.
A flowing move from back to front saw Brady and Clydesdale work the ball from the left with Clydesdale then splitting the two centre halves with a weighted pass which Captain Colin Cousins ran on to and poked past the keeper from the edge of the box.
Within five minutes, the Tigers had a penalty awarded for a trip. However, September player of the month Ivon Blevins has been in terrific form and made a great save to his bottom right. He then had the bravery to deny the kick taker for a second time to make it a game winning double save.
Substitute Matthew Dodds almost made produced a second goal with a cross from the left that bounced up fortuitously for Cousins who then volleyed acrobatically towards goal but was denied by an excellent stop by the Dungannon keeper.
This Saturday, Banbridge Rangers return to league action with arguably their toughest assignment to date as they travel to the Showgrounds to take on title favourites Newry City AFC. Kick-off is at 2.15pm.
RANGERS: Ivon Blevins, Jamie Crooks (Daniel McKinstry ‘66), Christopher Chambers, Ryan Gregg, William Frazer, Colin Cousins (c), Stephen Teggart, Scott Ward, Jeff Brady, Andy Mallen (Matthew Dodds ‘81), Neil Clydesdale.