Towns Cup: Ballynahinch II 35 Banbridge II 12

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Ballynahinch have a convincing 35-12 win over neighbours Banbridge in the Towns Cup

The drizzle had stopped by the time that I had parked my car at Ballymacarn for a 1st Round Towns Cup Tie between Ballynahinch II and neighbours Banbridge II.

Ballynahinch settled quickest and after a series of forward drives, created space for Conor Philips to run in unopposed, wide out on the right, and a 5-0 lead.

Ballynahinch continued to pressure and stretch the Banbridge defence and on 12 minutes Ben McMullan found space in midfield and ran in from 40 metres. Matthew Norton’s conversion eased Ballynahinch out to 12-0.

Ballynahinch stifle another Banbridge 1st half attack

Despite some enterprising play from both sides the score remained 12-0 at halftime.

After the break a series of Banbridge offences were punished by 3 successful penalty goals by Norton on 44, 48 and 50 minutes respectively, to ease Ballynahinch out to 21-0.

A 52 minute Robbie Mathers try for Banbridge reduced the deficit to 21-5.

Conor Philips scores his 2nd try following a Banbridge error

However Ballynahinch capitalised on a Banbridge error when Philips ran in a 60th minute try, converted by Norton to move Ballynahinch’s lead out to 28-5.

Four minutes later Banbridge responded with another Mather try, converted by Harry Bird.

Ballynahinch had the final say with another Philips try, converted by Norton, to leave Ballynahinch worthy 35-12 victors.

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