Narrow loss to the champions

TOWN Juniors Under-16s ended their impressive season with a narrow 1-0 defeat to league champions Glentoran.

The locals put on a spirited performance and there was very little to choose between the two teams in the first half - in fact Banbridge were very unlucky not to score when Dylan Martin saw his close range shot bounce off the crossbar with the keeper well beaten.

Glentoran had a couple of good chances but keeper William Maxwell dealt with them both efficiently.

The second half was very even again apart from a short period in the middle when Glentoran exerted some sustained pressure on the Banbridge defence - resulting in the only goal of the game when the Glentoran broke through and hit a hard low shot past the keeper.

The Glens were denied any further goals by first class goalkeeping from William Maxwell as he completed a great season between the sticks.

David Gray and Josh Cargin worked hard up front but just couldn’t get any clear cut chances.

Banbridge can look back on a decent season finishing third in the league and beaten Shield finalists in what proved their most successful season to date.

TEAM: William Maxwell, Dylan Martin, Reece Milligan, Gareth Orr, Ryan Higgins, Josh Buchanan, Declan Loy, Ryan Williamson, David Gray, Josh Cargin, Niall McCreanor, Andrew Martin, Finn Campbell, Stephen McCavitt.