This local derby was played in front of an excellent crowd at Planters Park with the home side getting revenge for 3 defeats last season with a convincing 5-1 score line.
Liggett set the tempo as early as the first minute with the keeper making an easy save and then almost immediately at the other end it took an excellent save from Maguire to keep out the visitors.
Then on 8 minutes the visitors almost went in front but for yet another excellent stop by Maguire in the home goals and a minute later the home side went in front after a great through ball by Rogers found Johnson who calmly rounded the keeper for the opening score.
Acheson playing for the first time against his former team hit a wicked free kick from distance that was well saved before another free flowing move down the left seen Johnson deliver a beautiful pass for Thompson to acrobatically score number two.
It was that man Johnson again this time on the right flank who crossed for McConnell who was coming in at the back post to head number 3 before the break.
Banbridge came more into the game in the second half with the young winger showing great promise on his senior debut but it was Thompson who scored his second and teams fourth goal low into the bottom corner.
Jones and Redpath and Thompson then all made way for Patterson , Rea and Gourley to get a run out before Liggett netted number 5.
Credit to Banbridge who kept plugging away and they got a consolation goal in the final minute.
Special thanks to Magheralin Village FC who came down to support us today before there Christmas party tonight.
Also to many of our former players who also came out today to cheer on the boys, great to see you all down.
We would like to wish all our players, supporters , volunteers and especially our numerous sponsors a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas with there families.
Our MATCHDAY Sponsor’s today were HUGHES MUSHROOMS, part of the Hughes Group, your support is much appreciated.