Rathfriland Rangers retain Banbridge District Cup

On behalf of Sponsors Mr Sooty, Bann Hardware, Donaghys and O2  Darren McMullen presented the Cancer Research Relay For Life District Cup to Rathfriland Rangers Captain Conor Larkin �Edward Byrne Photography INBL1531-213EB
On behalf of Sponsors Mr Sooty, Bann Hardware, Donaghys and O2 Darren McMullen presented the Cancer Research Relay For Life District Cup to Rathfriland Rangers Captain Conor Larkin �Edward Byrne Photography INBL1531-213EB
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Rathfriland Rangers secured their second successive win in the Banbridge District Cup for Cancer Research UK last Thursday with a 3-1 win over Banbridge Rangers at Cheney Park.

The tournament, in its ninth season, managed to raise £2,255.00 for Cancer Research UK through sponsorship and gate receipts at the six games over the last fortnight.

Banbridge Rangers had five good opportunities to take the lead but were denied by Rathfriland goalkeeper Shane Harrison. In the second half Rathfriland were not as forgiving in front of goal and converted three of their four chances to come back from a goal down after Neil Clydesdale scored within a minute of the restart for Banbridge.

Thomas Lockhart scored an instant reply with former Irish League stars Ross Black and James Costello making sure Rathfriland lifted the trophy for the second summer in a row.

The donations from spectators, the clubs and players was phenomenal and raised the highest total to date and the Cancer Research UK Committee thanked all those who came down to support.

The Cancer Research UK committee are hoping that all of the teams in the district sign up for the 10th year of the competition next season to break the record.