Third round place for Gers in Marshall Cup.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

BANBRIDGE Rangers moved into the third round of the Marshall Cup with a five goal victory over Donacloney at Cheney Park on Saturday past (30 September).

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Donacloney are four divisions below Banbridge Rangers and put up a spirited fight with goalkeeper Jason Lavery being on top form throughout.

The first half saw no less than a dozen clear-cut chances for Banbridge Rangers as they dominated possession and territory, but failed to open the scoring with some wayward finishing and committed defending.

Donacloney did create a good chance just before the half with a rare counterattack, but the Cloney forward saw his shot go the wrong side of the post after lobbing goalkeeper, Bryan McMullan.

Within two minutes of the restart Banbridge Rangers had opened the scoring through a thunderbolt from striker Ally Wilson.

Wilson picked up a short throw on the right flank before cutting inside and rifling the top corner from 20 yards out.

Banbridge Rangers continued to press for a second and were denied a penalty claim for the third time in the match from referee, Ruth Anne Wright.

The introduction of Colin Cousins was to prove fruitful in the 58th minute as the club legend managed to bag himself a hat-trick.

Cousins' first goal, and the second for Banbridge Rangers, came in the 78th minute with Cousins finishing off a weighted through ball from Ryan Gregg.

The floodgates opened and within three minutes the Gers had raced into a four-nil lead as Cousins found the bottom corner and Ally Wilson hammered another into the roof of the net from 10 yards out.

Cousins then made it 5-0 two minutes later and secured his hattrick with a finish with his left foot, sending his team into the third round of a competition which has eluded Banbridge Rangers after being knocked out in successive semi-finals.

This Saturday Banbridge Rangers return to league action with current champions Dollingstown coming to Cheney Park for a 2.15pm kick off.

Dollingstown are two points behind a Gers team who still boast a 100 per cent record in the league and will be a game not to be missed.

Team: Bryan McMullan, Ben Wilson, Ryan Gregg, Nathan Baird, Jeff Brady (c), Andy Mallen, Scott Ward, Lee Feeney (Colin Cousins '58), Colin Cunningham (Stuart Mallen '45), Aaron Cheevers (Bradley Burrows '72) and Ally Wilson.

Referee: Ruth-Anne Wright (Portadown).


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