BANBRIDGE TOWN 0 TOBERMORE UTD 1
Banbridge Town succumbed to a sixth and final play-off defeat against Tobermore Utd at Crystal Park on Saturday.
The team showed 3 changes from the defeat by Donegal Celtic last Tuesday. Matthew McCartan replaced Jack McCreanor at full back with Stuart King filling the midfield berth. Up front, Stephen McCavitt replaced Connor Downey.
Banbridge started well. In the third minute a break down the left by Moffett forced the visitors to concede a corner and three minutes later a surge forward by centre back James Wilson freed McCavitt in the box only for the young striker to blaze his effort over the bar. The first threat to the home goal came from Duffin in the twelfth minute but home ‘keeper Cullen was alert and saved with his leg. The swirling wind and hard pitch made conditions for flowing football nearly impossible and whilst both teams probed there was very little goal match action until the half hour when Duffin rounded Cullen only for Acheson to effect a clearance. From the resultant corner, Keane headed powerfully only for King to acrobatically clear the goal bound effort.
For the second period Banbridge brought on Downey to play in a central attacking role with McCavitt moving to the right. From time to time this tactical change worked well as Downey and Teggart combined to give McCavitt the opportunity to use his pace to make inroads into the visitors’ defensive area.
It was however, Tobermore who took the lead in the 73rd minute when Flanagan fired home from just inside the box. Banbridge responded by changing bot personnel and shape. Andrew Wilson replaced full back Devlin and shortly afterwards Maanager Ronnie Haughey gave a full debut to teenager Sam McCallister when he replaced Moffett.
With a few minutes left, Banbridge were awarded a free kick to the left of Tobermore’s box after Downey’s surging run was stopped illegally. The home supporters had visions of a deja-vu moment as Clydesdale stepped up but his kick sailed some two feet over the bar. In a final act, Stephen Teggart saw his effort pass just wide of the visitors’ goal just before Referee Mr Monaghan signalled the end of a drab match.
GK: Cullen; McCartan; Acheson; J. Wilson; Devlin(Sub A.Wilson 73) ; McCartan; Teggart ; Anderson (Sub Downey 45); Moffett (C) (Sub McCallister 77); King; Clydesdale; McCavitt
Subs not used: Greene; McCreanor
Referee: Mr B Monaghan