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Gersí highest finish in league.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

BANBRIDGE Rangers secured their highest finish to date in the fourth tier of football in Northern Ireland by ending the 2017/18 season as runners-up in the Mid Ulster Intermediate A League.

Crewe United...0
Banbridge Rangers...3

Lee Feeney's Banbridge team has been the dark horses and main challengers this year to a Dollingstown team who have yet to drop a single point in 2018 on the way to the title and will only finish a maximum of four points clear, which shows how close Banbridge Rangers came to winning the top stream.

Third-placed Crewe United were the next closest in third place but on Saturday past there was a vast difference in the two teams as a young Banbridge side blew their counterparts away with some excellent football and created a host of chances.

There were four teenagers in the starting line up for Banbridge Rangers on Saturday (12 May) with 16-year-old Adam Loughlin getting himself on the scoresheet after starting his second game in a week for the senior men's team.

The opening goal in the 3-0 win was scored after 90 seconds by talisman Ally Wilson who returned to the starting team after missing a few games through injury.

Wilson sidefooted home after Holloway made ground into the box and squared to allow Banbridge Rangers to take an early lead.

Goalkeeper Bryan McMullan was handed the captain's armband for the day as the pack was shuffled and the ever-present No1 pulled off two fine saves to keep the score in his team's favour at half time.

The first half showed some glimpses from Crewe United as to why they were considered the third challenger but in the second half they couldn't get close to a rampant Gers side who created wave after wave of chances.

After Brian Johnston struck the post from a corner the ball was recycled into the box by substitute Jeff Brady for Adam Louglin, who shifted the ball out of his feet before striking into the bottom corner.

Banbridge Rangers then made it three late on when Brady assisted top scorer, Colin Cousins to slot home and finish the season in style.

Best on the day was Russell Hilland at full back who made his first start in some time but was on top of his game and made several perfectly timed tackles.

Two games in the last week against Windmill Stars and Crewe United saw Banbridge Rangers pick up six points to finish on a very respectable 55 point mark.

A very good season for building foundations with two quarter finals and a semi-final throughout the year.

Banbridge Rangers would like to place on record their sincere thanks to manager Lee Feeney and his backroom staff of Glenn Moffett (assistant manager), Nathan Dodds (first team coach), Jason Hillis (team attendant) and Philip Derby (physio).

It takes a committed team on and off the pitch to be a successful side and along with our faithful sponsors, a huge thank you must go to the supporters who follow the team at home and away matches in superb numbers.

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