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Cup success follows cup defeat for Town

15 September 2021

HAVING played well, but suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat in the 1st round of the Mid-Ulster Senior Cup against a strong Warrenpoint Town side on the previous Tuesday night, much was expected of the Town in last Saturday’s Bob Radcliffe Cup.

They were up against a Mid-Ulster League Intermediate B side, who boasted an undefeated domestic record. 

Town were forced to make changes with Michael McCavitt returning for the injured Jack McCreanor and Reece Doyle making his first start for the club in place of the unavailable Darren McGrath. 

Banbridge began strongly and took an early lead courtesy of a Stephen McCavitt net buster in the eleventh minute. 

Instead of that early strike leading to a period of dominance, Banbridge lost intensity and the visitors forced their way back into the match. 

Banbridge got sloppy and gave away too many free-kicks in potentially dangerous areas forcing ‘keeper Lewis Houston to be busier than anyone would have wanted.

HT: 1-0

Matters changed dramatically at the start of the second period, as it seemed that harsh words were said in the half-time break. 

Banbridge began to press their opponents and defensive mistakes began to happen. Town were concentrating more and moved the ball quicker. 

Suddenly the gap in quality began to materialise and it came as no surprise when Banbridge doubled their lead in the 51st minute - Stephen McCavitt finishing neatly after excellent work by Conor Downey. 

Downey was also involved in the Town’s third goal seven minutes later when Michael McCavitt put the finishing touch to a nice build up. 

The remainder of the second-half belonged to Reece Doyle who, though missing a tap in shortly after, began to show his frightening pace as he left defenders in his wake. 

Doyle (18) who was signed on a free transfer from Newry City during the close season, was able to register his first goal for the club, turning on the after-burners and crashing the ball home in the 78th minute.  

Just before the finish, Doyle added his second, this time from close range after Banbridge had taken control of the match.

Banbridge Town v Lurgan Town: Lewis Hunter (GK), Adam Campbell (replaced by Jack Barbour – 54 mins), Andrew Martin (Replaced by Mark McCullough – 71 mins), Lewis Houston (c), Kris Cowan, James Wilson (replaced by Matthew Willis- 52 mins), Christopher McMahon, Michael McCavitt, Conor Downey, Reece Doyle, Stephen McCavitt. Unused subs: Josh Dennison; James Irwin.

Referee: Mr Kenny Tipping

This Saturday, Banbridge Town will face PSNI in a Lough41 Premier Intermediate League match. 

Supporters are reminded that this match will take place at Queen’s University’s pitch (The Dub) and will kick-off at 3pm.

 

TOWN RESERVES

Banbridge Town Reserves and Armagh City Reserves fought out an eye-catching 1-1 draw at St. Patrick’s College on Friday night. 

Seventeen-year-old Malachy Burns made his debut, whilst Niall McGivern scored his first goal for the club.

 

TOWN U19s

The U19s capitalised on their good start to season at Scarva Park on Saturday morning. 

Having beaten Windmill Stars 4-2 the previous week, they overwhelmed Markethill Swifts 6-1 to qualify for the knock-out phase of the Savage Cup.

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