TOWN Juniors U14s’ poor run of defeats continued on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat to Ridgeway.
Over the last number of weeks the Juniors have struggled to field a full squad due to a number of unavoidable circumstances and this was the case again on Saturday when they had only 11 players available and had to play the whole of the second half with 10 men when one of the players could not continue due to illness.
On a horrible day for football the locals started well with McKay doing some good work up front and Fearon and McKibbon combining well in the centre of midfield, the Banbridge boys shaded a very closely contested first half.
It was no surprise when Banbridge took the lead after 20 minutes with a confident finish from just inside the box by Gavin Fearon. This lead was held up until a couple of minutes before half time when a Ridgeway forward latched onto a lapse in the Banbridge defence and although his fiercely struck shot was parried he followed in to bundle the ball over the line.
Forced to play the second half with 10 men the Juniors were on the defensive for a large part but excellent defending by Weir, Moore and Irwin and a couple of good saves from Campbell kept the scores level.
Ridgeway scored midway through the second half from a suspiciously offside position but the local boys reacted superbly going on the offensive for the rest of the game.
Unfortunately Town could not turn territorial advantage into an equalizer despite number of half chances.
On a day when the team as a whole showed commendable attitude and resilience Fearon and McKibbon deserve special mention for their tireless efforts. This Saturday the boys entertain the formidable Shankill side but with a full squad and similar spirit there is no reason why they cannot win