Banbridge Ladies push Bangor all the way

Banbridge Town Ladies get back on home turf on Wednesday after a tough run of away fixtures.
Banbridge Town Ladies get back on home turf on Wednesday after a tough run of away fixtures.

Banbridge travelled to high-flying Bangor in the South One Divisional Cup and pushed their hosts all the way.

This was always due to be a tough game given the league standings of the teams and for large parts of the match this showed as Bangor kept BTLFC under pressure, eventually winning 1-0.

Having said that, Banbridge did not let it get the better of them and fought tirelessly through the whole game. Great defensive work from goalkeeper Danielle Byrne and the defence of Zoe Mitchell, Carrie Moffatt, Becky Ervine, Adrianna McMullan and Becky Thompson thwarted all the Bangor attack threw at them in the first half while Jill Brown, Michelle Spence and Lauren Thompson tried to support Jena Redpath and Jessica McKay upfront and make a breakthrough.

The second half was largely the same as the first with play back and forth between both teams as they tried to get on the score sheet.

BTLFC continued to frustrate Bangor and the longer this carried on the more Banbridge grew into the game. Redpath and McKay continued to run at the defence with support from the midfield causing chaos but unfortunately to no avail. It was while Redpath was off the pitch with a bloodied nose that Bangor took the lead as BTLFC had lost their focus momentarily. This proved to be the difference between the two teams but was a great showing from Banbridge and one to be taken with them into their next game.

BTLFC Player of the Match: Jena Redpath – a great performance from Jena who had few chances to work with upfront but when she got on the ball she put the home defence under a lot of pressure and caused danger.

BANBRIDGE TOWN: D. Byrne, Z. Mitchell, A. McMullan, B. Ervine, B. Thompson, C. Moffatt, M. Spence (C), J. McKay, L. Thompson, J. Brown, J. Redpath. Subs: E. McMullan