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Rangers exit the Bob Radcliffe Cup

16 September 2020

Banbridge Rangers exited the Bob Radcliffe Cup on Saturday to Intermediate B side Tullyvallen. The match at Hillview Park was a cagey affair with a goalless first-half being played out in a midfield battle.

Efforts by Josh Cahoon at the start and end of the first-half went close whilst goalkeeper Gareth Buchanan was forced into a smart save with his feet from a chance after 23 minutes from Irwin. 

At the start of the second-half, Rhys Kelly drew a save from the home keeper with Ethan Copes following up a minute later but he was denied by another good save.

Immediately after Banbridge Rangers were a goal down after conceding a penalty which was scored by the Tullyvallen striker. 

Three changes in the next 10 minutes helped freshen up midfield for the ’Gers with Cousins, Gray and McMath coming on. 

The latter would find the net in the 63rd minute to level the scores after finishing from 12 yards after a cross in from the right. 

At this point it looked ominous for Tullyvallen but they would regain lead within minutes after a mazy run by winger Dickson was poked in at the far corner. 

Banbridge Rangers were forced to throw everything into attack with Hayes being denied by another fine stop from man of the match McKinstry in the Tullyvallen goal. 

A free-kick with 15 minutes to play saw Tullyvallen get the breathing space they required with a deflection seeing the ball end up in the back of the net to make it 3-1.

In a cup game with nothing to lose it was push high for a way back in but that always leaves a team vulnerable to the counter attack. 

A header from a corner sealed the win before a late breakway for Tullyvallen, and marginal offside call that could have gone either way, saw a fifth goal but at the final whistle it mattered not as Banbridge Rangers were eliminated. 

A disappointing result for Rangers who travel to Lakeview Park this Saturday to play Loughgall in the Ivan Marshall Challenge match organised by the Mid-Ulster FA. Kick-off 3pm.

Banbridge Rangers: Gareth Buchanan, Peter Smyth (c), Ryan Gregg, Chris Chambers, Jonny Black, Rhys Kelly (Andy McMath ‘53), Scott Ward (Colin Cousins ‘53), Neil Clydesdale, Jordan Hayes, Ethan Copes (David Gray ‘60) and Josh Cahoon.

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