Bandbridge Too Strong For U17s

Bandbridge Too Strong For U17s

CYFC 17s 0 Banbridge 3
Last Saturday the young Sizzler’s recent run of poor results continued against lowly Banbridge at MUSA in the Mid-Ulster Youth League. Cookstown started brightly against Banbridge’s 3-1-4-2 formation with Luke Patterson testing the Bridge keeper on 3 minutes. A great run on 9 minutes by Mallon nearly saw the opener for the homesters with the keeper making a good save. A cross yet again from the right was Cookstown’s downfall with the travelling striker reacting quickest at the near post on 25 minutes despite Donnelly’s initial save. O’Neill powered a free from 25 yards which was well saved on 28 minutes. Patterson and Moura both spurned good chances before halftime, with Cookstown dominating possession despite Bridge’s over physical approach and a very lenient referee. Into the second half Donnelly had to be replaced by Moura with Gault’s absence. Unfortunately this change 10 minutes into the second half seemed to unstable the defence with several players caught ball watching as Banbridge buried their second from a corner at the near post. Moura made several good saves and interceptions before Mallon was thwarted after a great run with the keeper somehow snaffling up the chance from close range. Monaghan provided a fantastic cross which was nodded over the bar by fellow substitute Fraser. As Cookstown pushed, gaps started to appear and Banbridge killed the game with their third from the edge with five minutes remaining. Belief, ruthlessness in front of goal, a better defensive focus as a team, and a wee bit of luck are the watchwords for the forthcoming games.
Team: E. Donnelly, C. Robb, B. Patterson, J. McElkennon, J. Glendinning, F. Silva, C. McGonigle, E. O’Neill, L. Patterson, C. Mallon, M. Moura, K. Cahoon, J. Fraser, R. Mullan, P. Monaghan.

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