Firsts storm on in Premier League and Lisnagarvey now await next week
Banbridge travelled to a cold Queens pitch Friday past to face league newcomers Belfast Harlequins. With Banbridge, the team on form it was no surprise when they forced an early lead with Hugh McShane deflecting at the back post from a Philip Brown cross. Banbridge kept the pressure on, creating chances at will. With some good goal keeping from the Harlequins net the gap remained at one, but the inevitable second goal came through some forceful play from Ross Beattie scrambling onto a loose trap from the harlequins defence and finding the back of the net.
Harlequins answered back putting pressure on the Banbridge midfield and creating some chances of their own, but none could match an on form Gareth Lennox in nets. With pressure comes gaps and Banbridge fully exploited the chance to further their lead with some great passing goals finished off by Scott Caruth on his first, Hugh McShane finding his second tap in and Ross Beattie also scoring his second of the night. With a slightly worse for ware Queens pitch, short corners were poorly executed at both ends however with the amount of chances made it was only a matter of time before Ross McCandless showed his master class, rifling home a Banbridge short corner to make it Banbridge 6 Belfast Harlequins 0.
This week Bann travel to Premier league champions Lisnagarvey and will be hoping to avenge their Kirk Cup semi final defeat from earlier in the season.