Despite Defeat Great Improvment In The Dollybirds Last Game Of 2018

Both teams returned to face each other for the second time in 3 days after Banbridge Town had run out easy winners in the Bob Radcliffe Cup Final on Wednesday past.

Manager Uprichard made a number of changes to both personnel and positional and can be very proud of the overall team performance if not the result.

Pride and passion that was missing on Wednesday was very much to the fore and on a bumpy pitch the home team reverted to the long ball most of the game but it was man of the match Stephen Jones in midfield who almost opened the scoring on 25 minutes when his shot from distance crashed against the crossbar.

Banbridge went in front on the half hour from a corner kick where young keeper seemed to be impeded at the back post and the ball was driven home from close range and then on 40 minutes from a break away the young keeper tried to play out from outside his area but got his feet wrong and allowed a simple second goal to the home team.

Second half continued in similar fashion to the first half with DFC showing full commitment but finding it very difficult to break down the home defence.

Adam Montgomery and Scott Adams replaced Davy Gray and Glen Hand plus Ryan Gourley replaced the hard working Josh Norton who was home on holidays and with five minutes to go Andy McMath scored from distance to give some much needed encouragement to a solid overall team performance.