On Saturday, Banbridge Seconds, sponsored by Edina, made the trip to Dublin on Saturday but were ousted from the Irish Junior Cup 5-2 by Pembroke.
In the first ten minutes, Bann had the game by the scruff of the neck with trio, Colin Dowds, William Malcomson and Josh Moffett showing their true worth as they tore the Pembroke side apart, but were unable to capitalise on numerous chances.
Against the run of play, Pembroke found themselves a goal to the good.
Pembroke were able to double their lead after a clinical drag flick finish beat Peter Bingham in the Banbridge goal.
A two goal advantage soon turned to three after again, against the run of play, Pembroke worked their way into the Banbridge circle before unleashing a strike into the bottom corner of the net.
Bann knew that a goal before the half could keep them in the game. That goal came after a darting run from William Malcomson who squared a ball to Josh Moffett who skillfully fired high into the net to get Bann the goal they deserved before the half time break.
Bann started taking the game to Pembroke through Jake Rowe and Josh Moffett, both who got past the Pembroke defence but were denied by the Pembroke keeper.
To Banbridge’s despair, Pembroke added their fourth goal due to good skill from the Pembroke forward.
Bann stepped their game up a gear finding themselves just two goals behind after William Malcomson fired home a reverse stick shot giving Bann a glimmer of hope.
Bann kept going, trying to take advantage of any little error made from the Pembroke outfit, but it just wasn’t to be as with two minutes left, Pembroke added a fifth goal and their name to the draw for the next round of the Irish Junior Cup.
Bann sent thanks to Pembroke for their hospitality.