William Doogan at the double to help Town U15s to a hard-fought derby win
Banbridge Town Under-15s got their first win of season with a convincing 4-2 victory over local rivals Banbridge Rangers on Saturday.
Winger William Doogan netted twice in a tense match at the Tech pitches while defender Charles Cully and Shea Winters were also on target for the Banbridge Town side who did enough to secure the win.
The first 20 minutes were cagey with no real chances created by either side, but the deadlock was broken on the 23rd minute.
Rangers cleared their lines but the ball fell to Town defender Charles Cully, who drilled a first time shot from 35 yards into the top corner giving the ‘keeper no chance.
With a midfield four of Keelan Quigley, Cameron Sands, James Orr and Shea Winters taking control of the game, it was Rangers who found an equaliser when a daisy cutter whizzed through a sea of feet into the net.
With Jamie Feeney and William Doogan battling hard up front and putting the Rangers defence under severe pressure, Town took the lead again when Doogan created havoc down the left and as his shot was blocked, the ball fell kindly for Shea Winters who unleashed an unstoppable volley from the edge of the area low into the corner.
Town went 3-1 head five minutes before the break when that man again William Doogan picked the ball up on the left wing. He jinked his way into the box leaving four defenders in his trail and slipped the ball under the keeper for an outstanding individual effort.
Town’s defence of Owen Vennard, Henry Doogan and Charles Cully worked their socks off and shut the door on everything that came their way.
Rangers did get a goal back though when a corner found its way into the net.
Town upped the tempo after this setback and put the game to bed when they went 4-2 up with 15 minutes left in the clock.
Keelan Quigley played in William Doogan with a sublime pass . The winger darted into the box and clipped the ball over the on rushing keeper to seal the points.
Rangers had one decent effort late on but Town’s goalkeeper Aaron Devlin made a brilliant save.
This was an outstanding defensive and attacking performance from Town to get their season going.