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Fourths feel they should have got more from game

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Fourths feel they should have got more from game thumbnailBann 4s who faced Cliftonville 2s at the weekend.

THE Banbridge 4s last game of 2016 was away to Cliftonville 2s at CIYMS.

Bann 4s ...0
Cliftonville 2s ...3

The team consisted of Adam Crawford in goal; Matthew Anderson, Mark Anderson, David Morrison and John Scott in defence; Roger Martin, Harry Farson, Mark Dowds and Ryan Jones in midfield; Corey Large and Connor Woods in attack. The only substitute was Philip Campbell.

The experienced Cliftonville side put the Banbridge defence under a lot of pressure from the start, however the defence coped easily with it and were able to absorb the pressure and turn it into counterattacks.

Mark and Matthew Anderson linked up well on the right hand side of defence. This was the first time for the father and son to play with one another for the town.

Bann did struggle to hold onto the ball higher up the pitch and this was punished when Cliftonville broke quickly down the right and fired past a helpless Adam Crawford, 1-0.

Cliftonville were awarded several short corners in the first half, but Adam produced some excellent stops and David Morrison closed down a couple of shots.

The second half was far better for Banbridge. They were gradually gaining ground on Cliftonville and produced some excellent play in the opposition's 23.

Their defence struggled to deal with Philip Campbell as he showed excellent skill and lightning pace.

Roger Martin showed great vision in his passing to split the Cliftonville defence. Unfortunately, Cliftonville scored again as they loaded their attack. The ball was crossed in from the right for a tap in, 2-0.

Banbridge won several short corners and had a period of sustained pressure. Alas, they couldn't find a way past the Cliftonville 'keeper.

John Scott and Mark Dowds worked well to produce chances down the left hand side of the pitch.

Connor Woods and Corey Large held the ball up better and made good runs to receive the ball, but Cliftonville sealed the game with another goal to make it 3-0.

Despite Cliftonville having approximately 10 short corners during the game the Bann defence kept them at bay.

The Banbridge team left feeling that they should have got something out of the game.

Thank you to our sponsors Edina and the Banbridge 4s would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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