IN an error-strewn game Bann’s Under-19s were fortunate to come away from Shaw’s Bridge last Saturday with the narrowest of wins after the home side missed two straightforward shots at goal in the last five minutes of the game.
Bann had raced into a 0-10 lead 20 minutes into the match, thanks to a brace of tries from out-half Matthew McDonald. The second of these was a great solo effort from inside his own “22”, as he showed great strength and determination in running over and through three defenders before touching down in the corner.
From the re-start sloppy defending let Inst in for a very soft try which they converted. And within five minutes the city side had taken the lead when following a turnover they counter-attacked to touch down in the corner leaving the score 12-10 at the break.
Bann had a lot of defending to do in the second half, and they did it very effectively. In a rare visit to the Inst half they were awarded a penalty which McDonald slotted over what, with those two late failures from the opposition, proved to be the winning kick.
Bann will need to improve for the games ahead, but there were still pleasing individual performances from Jason Gribbon, Kyle McConnell and Lee Geddis, alongside McDonald’s man-of-the-match display.