Stewart super as Bann victorious

Goalkeeper Gary Stewart made a number of dramatic saves for Killymoon on Saturday. mm36-148ar.
Goalkeeper Gary Stewart made a number of dramatic saves for Killymoon on Saturday. mm36-148ar.



Banbridge Town returned to winning ways with a comfortable three points against an improved Killymoon Rangers outfit at Crystal Park.

Bann had held a one goal lead for a long period and although dominating proceedings they kept their supporters in great suspense before sealing the game with some 20 minutes remaining.

Left winger Kernoghan made an instant impact with a well taken 4th minute goal to put Banbridge in the driving seat.

Killymoon did push forward and Bann ‘keeper Stephen Cairnduff was called into action to hold a shot from Young after the Cookstown man had played a neat 1 -2 with fellow forward Greer.

After 10 minutes Mattie McCartan saw his drive spilled by the visiting ‘keeper Stewart but defender McElhatton was in the right place to clear the danger.

On 22 minutes Killymoon’s Young fired wildly over after a foul had been awarded following an innocuous Stephen Jones challenge.

Neil Watson was proving an able target man and his link play with Kernoghan and the overlapping Wilson spelt danger for Killymoon after 27 minutes. Indeed it took a fine clearing header from Martin to clear Wilson’s inviting cross.

Three minutes later a clever interception by Glen Waddell sent Mattie McCartan racing down the right and when Watson’s head met the former’s fine cross it took a great one handed save from Stewart to prevent his side from going further behind.

The visitor’s goal was leading a charmed life and on 35 minutes Kernoghan found the side netting after fine combination work with the bustling Watson.

Greer was well wide with an effort for the visitors in a rare Killymoon attack just before half time.

Although living of scraps the Cookstown men did give Town a scare after 59 minutes with a dangerous shot that flashed across goal and wide. Killymoon custodian Gary Stewart did well on 62 minutes to save with his feet from the marauding Steven O’Neill although if the latter had spotted the unmarked Neil Watson a certain goal was on the cards!

O’Neill more than made up for this after 71 minutes when after showing good control he skinned the right back before laying the ball on to the inrushing Mark Teggart and the little winger made no mistake to send Town 2-0 ahead.

James Wilson had a cracking 20 yard drive held by Stewart on 86 minutes and Boyle brought a diving save from the busy Stewart just before the end after receiving a pass from Downey.

Banbridge Town: Stephen Cairnduff, Glen Waddell, James Wilson, Stephen Greene, Martin Buchanan, Stephen Jones, Mattie McCartan, Damian McParland, Neil Watson, Steven O’Neill, Johnny Kernoghan. Subs: Nathan Baird, Mark Teggart (Kernoghan, 65), Conor Downey (Waddell, 73), Gary Boyle (Watson, 65), David Grey.

Killymoon Rangers: Gary Stewart, John Scott, Steven McElhatton, Craig Martin, Jason Ferry, Lee Hunter, Andy Neill, Johnny Young, Richard Donaghy, Roger Greer, George Dardis. Subs: Gareth McGraw, James Leslie, Davy McMullan (Dardis, 80).

Up next for Killymoon is a home encounter with Wakehurst at the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena with a 3pm kick off. All support is most welcome.