Pre-season victory for Bann Ladies

BANBRIDGE Ladies First XI travelled to Lisnagarvey for their second pre-season game.

Lisnagarvey started the game strongly, leaving Banbridge playing catchup for the first period of the match.

The Banbridge team found it hard to get into the game, struggling to play their normal passing style. This led to a lot of pressure in the ‘D’ from the opposition.

However, the ‘on form’ goal keeper Sarah McCabe made a number of great saves to keep the score to 0:0.  

This raised the spirit of the team and the defence of Ashlea Bell, Diane McMillen, Amanda Morton, Rosie Waddell and Alex Gordon started to compose themselves allowing for possession to be kept and attacking play to begin.

Once the team began to control possession they looked strong, forcing the Garvey keeper into action. End to end play continued through the half.

On a good team attack Banbridge won a well deserved short corner which resulted in their first goal, scored by Diane McMillen.

The half ended shortly after this at 1-0.

The second half started at a much better tempo for Banbridge, who began to control possession. Great passing work from the midfield including Orla Magee, Kathy Reiss, Naomi Robb and Debbie Whitten allowed the team to build play, as well as support the work of the continuing good defensive efforts.

The forward line of Anna Moore, Amy Atkinson, Abi Thompson and Rachel Cairnes worked well together creating good chances. Lisnagarvey began to bring themselves back into the game and after a change in nets Allanah Lyttle produced strong saves to help keep Banbridge in the lead.

Lisnagarvey were, however, determined to get on the score board and scored from a very well executed short corner.

To their credit, with eight minutes left on the clock, the Banbridge team were not willing to end the game with a draw and found a new gear.

This allowed for a strong period of play which the team took full advantage of, Naomi Robb played a direct pass deep into the ‘D’ which Rachel Cairns slotted past the keeper well.

The game finished shortly after this leaving the score Banbridge 2-1 Lisnagarvey.

All in all, a very positive game from the Banbridge team against a strong Lisnagarvey side. The girls will look to continue their progression and gain a more consistent pattern of play.