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Killymoon Rangers 2
Banbridge Town 3
Tues 9 Sept 2008, IFA Championship
7:45 pm Kick off.
Match Officials : D. Walker, R. Beacom, J. Eakin
Match Sponsor For This Game is
Hollywood Hair & Beauty, Burn Rd, Cookstown
Hollywood Hair and Beauty Cookstown
The story of Killlymoon Rangers season so far has been playing well, but ultimately coming away with no points and this continued last week against Banbridge Town. Colin Malone brought his side to the Sports Arena for the Championship match sponsored by Hollywood Hair & Beauty and was relieved to leave with 3 points. Killymoon were dealt a double blow before the game when both Stephen Purvis and Martin Bogan were ruled out with injury, with Steven McElhatton dropping into defence and Lee Hunter replacing Purvis in the midfield.
Killymoon created the first opportunity when Willie Montgomery should have done better when well positioned in front of goal, but he was unable to control his shot and it went well wide. Playing 3 up-front Banbridge adapted well to the synthetic surface taking the lead within 16 minutes. David Irwin did the damage rising unchallenged in a crowded goal mouth to head into the net, giving Gareth Maguire no chance in the home goal. The visitors could have been a couple of goals ahead before Killymoon got into their stride and as the game progressed they started to settle and put a few passes together. They were rewarded on 25 minutes when Montgomery found space down the right and whipped in a low cross that went into the net via a slight deflection from a Banbridge defender. With the match evenly with 10 minutes of the first half remaining, Banbridge stunned the home side with 2 spectacular goals. The first came from Barry Tumilty who collected the ball 30 yards from goal before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the corner of the Killymoon net. As Killymoon were trying to recover from going behind again, Aiden McVeigh decided to try his luck from a similar range 2 minutes later and to the delight of the visiting support his effort also flew past Maguire into the net.
This was a major blow for Killymoon who had to regroup at the interval and to their credit didn’t let their heads go down and had a go at their opponents in the second half. An excellent save by Maguire kept the game alive before Montgomery got his second goal of the game on the hour mark. The Killymoon right winger curled a corner from the left into a packed visitors’ penalty area and the ball managed to go through everyone directly into the net. Shortly after this Killymoon were inches away from grabbing an equaliser when a long ball from Maguire caught out the Banbridge defence and the lively James Ferguson headed the ball over the advancing keeper only to see it rebound of the post and cleared to safety. As the home side were cursing their luck they had the post to thank a minute later when it was Banbridge’s turn to strike the post as the game flowed from end to end. Banbridge had a couple of opportunities to wrap up the game as Killymoon pushed for an equaliser, but the home defence, marshaled by S McElhatton, held firm. Patrick McElhatton made a welcome return to first team duty, but found it difficult to get anything from a solid Banbridge defence and the visitors killed the game in the last 10 minutes to take full points and leave the Cookstown side still looking for their first win.
Killymoon’s injury list continued to grow with Lee Hunter picking up an ankle injury that will see him miss the next couple of weeks. The young midfielder did have the consolation of picking up the man of match award, sponsored by Gareth Moran, for his battling performance, just pipping S McElhatton who showed his versatility reverting from midfield to central defence with ease. Despite the defeat there were plenty of positives from the match and the management have no doubt with a little luck the first win isn’t far away. Killymoon would like to thank Hollywood Hair and Beauty, Burn Road Cookstown for sponsoring the match.
Gareth Maguire
A Ferson
G McFarland
G Crooks
L Hunter
D McMullan
S McElhatton
W Smith
J Ferguson
W Montgomery
B Mulligan
12. P McElhatton
13. A Neill
14. R Glasgow
15. C Stewart
16. W Watson
Killymoon Man Of The Match, Lee Hunter, receives his award from Jackie Carson, Coach.
Lee Hunter with Jackie Carson

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