Saturday, 14 April 2018
Banbridge Town produced their best performance of the season to defeat leaders Dundela at Wilgar Park.
The visitors dominated the first half from the start with Dundela given little opportunity to show the free flowing football that has got them to the top of the table, being closed down and pressed at every opportunity.
The strike force of Stephen Teggart and Darren McGrath caused persistent problems for the Dundela defence with their pace and tenacity, while Ryan Moffatt and Michael Allison drove forward frequently from their wide positions.
Banbridge had a good chance to take the lead in the 15th minute when Moffatt's free-kick was glanced on by Teggart. McGrath got his head to the ball but was unable to direct it past Ryan McBride in the home goal.
However, Town's superiority was rewarded five minutes later after Fra McGuinness had won a tackle, Teggart was released down Town's right and his low cross was bulleted home by Allison who had timed his run across the box to perfection.
Dundela responded immediately with McComb shooting over when well placed. Back came Banbridge and McBride saved superbly when Allison sweetly timed a volley.
Shortly after both Carl McComb and Daniel Burns failed to take difficult chances and Andrew Cullen saved well when he was called into action following a dangerous attack down Banbridge's right side.
Dundela had the benefit of the breeze and the slope in the second period and they began to make it tell with a good period of pressure. Despite this, Town's defence held strong with important headers, tackles and second balls being consistently won.
Banbridge overcame the expected initial onslaught from the hosts and gradually gained a foothold in the match. It did, however, come as a surprise, when in the 69th minute, McGrath was released down the right hand channel and kept his composure to double Town's lead.
The match changed dramatically with eight minutes left when Banbridge 'keeper Cullen, who had already received a yellow card for time wasting was shown a second yellow and a subsequent red for kicking the ball away following the award of a free kick to the home side. For a while, confusion reigned until McGrath took over between the posts.
Despite being a man down, Banbridge still managed to secure a third goal deep into stoppage time when McGuinness stole past a defender to slip the ball beyond McBride to give Ronnie Haughey's side a vital three points.
Dundela: McBride, King, Brown, Irwin, Magee, Morrison, McMaster, Devine, Hughes, McComb, Burns subs Fisher (replaced Devine 77), Calvert (not used), Beggs (replaced Irwin 70), McClelland (replaced McMaster 70), Murdock (not used)
Banbridge Town: Cullen, J. Wilson, Devlin, Acheson, Greene, McGuinness, Clydesdale, Allison, McGrath, Teggart, Moffatt subs Todd (not used), Grant (replaced Allison 77), Downey (not used), Thompson (replaced Teggart 89), McCreanor (not used)
Referee: Niall Gallagher
|Gary Irwin||45 +2||70|
|Jordan Hughes||90 +2|
|Karl Devine||45 +2||77|
|Francis McGuinness||90 +5|
|Ryan Moffatt||90 +2|
|Owain Beggs||90 +2||70|