Comfortable win for Bann Rangers

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Comfortable win for Bann Rangers thumbnail18-year-old midfielder Stephen Teggart captained Banbridge Rangers to a 4-2 win over Camlough Rovers on Saturday.

BANBRIDGE Rangers picked up three points on Saturday away to Camlough Rovers in one of the most comfortable visits to the Newry Road ground in recent seasons.

Camlough Rovers ...2
Banbridge Rangers ...4

Camlough have been in turmoil over the last couple of months with a raft of changes and are searching for a result since Fiona Mooney took over the reigns, but it never looked likely that Camlough would take anything from this Intermediate A game.

There were four goals scored in the opening 13 minutes of the match and shared equally between the two teams, which would have been more than frustrating for the Banbridge Rangers' management team.

Colin Cunningham opened the scoring after only 44 seconds when he closed down the Camlough right back and after intercepting a pass, he cut inside and blasted into the near top corner from 20 yards.

Camlough found an unlikely equaliser only 90 seconds later when a free kick on the halfway line was floated into the area. A mix up in the defence saw the ball missed by a crowded defence and the ball looped into the vacant net.

The Gers had two opportunities to regain their lead almost instantly with Cunningham pulling a shot wide, whilst Camlough 'keeper Smyth saved at the feet of Wilton. In the seventh minute Smyth was caught out at a corner after his punch only found Jonny Porter, who had the intelligence to cushion the ball over the 'keeper towards William Davidson to head in and mark his full debut for the club with a goal.

Camlough then equalised a second time five minutes later thanks to a gift from Banbridge Rangers. An offside call saw Chambers try and play a quick ball out of defence, but he miscued straight to Camlough's striker who powered forward and blasted in.

The remainder of the half saw dominance from Banbridge Rangers with Camlough having to employ all 11 players inside their own box at times to hold onto the draw. The breakthrough finally arrived in the 44th minute through Cunningham, who picked the ball up on the right flank, cut inside and found the far bottom corner with a superb effort that would have settled the frustration that was building.

After the break Jonny Porter extended the lead to 4-2 after good work by Cunningham to out muscle Camlough's full back inside the box and cross low for Porter to volley in.

The next half an hour's play was an onslaught on the Camlough goalmouth with a host of chances going begging.

Chris Chambers had a header cleared off the line, Ben Wilson was denied by a superb save when his free kick looked destined for the top corner and Colin Cunningham was denied by the foot of the post from another free kick.

Cunningham was itching for his hat-trick goal but came up against an inspired Jarlath Smyth in the Camlough goals, who denied Cunningham on four occasions with top drawer saves.

On another day it could have been a cricket score but the main priority was three points. This weekend Banbridge Rangers first team has no fixture but the Reserves are in action away to Armagh Blues in Round 3 of the Mid Ulster Shield with kick off at 1.30pm.

Thanks to first team coach Nathan Baird who stepped in to do goalkeeper on Saturday and a special mention to Stephen Teggart who was handed the captains armband at only 18 years old in the absence of Jeff Brady.

Team: Nathan Dodds, Ben Wilson, Nathan Baird, Chris Chambers, William Frazer, Jonny Porter, Stephen Teggart (c), Jonny O'Neill, Mark Wilton, Colin Cousins and Colin Cunningham.


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