Banbridge U16A travelled to Downpatrick for their first league match following the Christmas break on Thursday January 22.
Although they were missing some players due to exams, Banbridge still had a strong starting seven with Madi Chambers and Gemma Hassan playing up from the U16B.
Banbridge started the match very determined and took the initial lead after breaking the Downpatrick centre pass.
The momentum continued and Banbridge were ahead by five before Downpatrick reacted and began to add to their score line.
The second quarter started similar to the first with Banbridge edging ahead.
With fantastic full court defence, Downpatrick were constantly pressurised and any errors were picked up by GD Alana Kerr and WD Emily Wright who were on top form.
harley Brush in GK ensured the opportunities by the Downpatrick GS were limited, however, accurate shooting by the GS ensured Downpatrick were able to increase the goal tally to 15-10 at half time.
Although the goal margin had further increased Banbridge knew that it was still anyone’s game.
Remaining focused, Banbridge again had another confident start thanks to excellent shooting from Leah Maney and Gemma Hassan. The game flowed well for Banbridge, attacking at every opportunity, creating space and accurately placing the ball.
With the team working well no changes were made. Although a win was in sight Banbridge were not complacent.
Following more positive and constructive feedback at quarter time Banbridge tightened up in defence and were able to intercept all but one of the Downpatrick’s centre passes.
Clara Cromie and Madi Chambers were then able to feed the ball securely into the shooting circle where Leah and Gemma converted. Banbridge were unstoppable using every missed opportunity by Downpatrick to begin their attack. Final score Banbridge 30 – 19 Downpatrick.