Good form continues
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
BANBRIDGE Rangers was one of only four clubs left in the hunt for the Intermediate A Title after the weekend 's matches, which saw the Gers hit four goals away to an in form St Mary's team in Portadown.
Dollingstown are well clear of the pack in Intermediate A, but have to play three of their title challengers along with Hanover in their final four league games, in a tough run in, but one that looks a formality at this stage.
That is unless Banbridge Rangers can put a spanner in the works when they visit Planters Park on Tuesday evening.
The match against St Mary's was only in the fifth minute when midfielder, Mark Wilton found the top corner from just inside the area helped by a deflection off a Saints defender.
Banbridge Rangers doubled the lead in the 17th minute through Coly Cousins, who headed in from an inswinging Dean Spence corner to take his tally of goals to 10 for the season.
Cousins has now hit double figures of goals in 10 seasons for the club, a remarkable feat considering he has rarely played as a forward.
St Mary's were thrown a lifeline only three minutes later, when an innocuous free kick was headed into his own net by Ryan Gregg when trying to clear the ball.
The Gers looked more than comfortable in possession, with the score remaining at 2-1 until the half-time interval.
The home team came out strong in the second half, but they were no match for Banbridge Rangers' fluid style of quick passing football.
A flowing move in the 57th minute brought about the third goal via Mark Wilton, who found the net from all of 25 yards after a superb passage of play involving Baird, Spence and Brady.
Banbridge Rangers always looked good for a fourth goal, which duly arrived with 15 minutes still to play and all but wrapped up the three points.
A rasping shot from Scott Ward required a top drawer save from the St Mary's 'keeper, who could only parry the ball with Cousins on hand to anticipate and finish off the rebound.
Substitute Lee Feeney then showed a touch of class to release Mark Wilton who missed the opportunity to seal his hat-trick with another well-timed run from centre midfield.
This was another game for Banbridge Rangers to keep their impressive form which has seen a return of 12 wins from 15 games in all competitions, with an average return of well over three goals per game in the same period.
The Banbridge side will be hoping that their impressive forward line can continue to cause problems this week for Dollingstown on Tuesday evening and then again at Cheney Park on Saturday afternoon when Craigavon City visit in the semi-final of the Marshall Cup.
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