The Under 15 team overcame a determined and talented Newry High School at Cheney Park Banbridge, winning 6-0. While the result may sound comprehensive, it wasn’t until either side of half time when New-Bridge took control of the game. Overall the first half was even with both side creating opportunities into the final third of the pitch, but neither could capitalise. It was Ben Wilson who opened the scoring from a corner, which saw Ben find space towards the front post to flick the ball past the stranded keeper. As the game rapidly approached the half time whistle, it was Jamie McPolin and James Corbett who worked together to create an opening behind the Newry defence. James played Jamie in, only to see his chance forced back to James who confidently side footed the ball home. 2-0 at the break.
Playing with the dominant wind in the second half, Jamie wasn’t to miss out on goals. He been in excellent form in front of goal for New-Bridge this year. New-Bridge working space around the away teams defence, Jamie showed his finishing ability slotting home his teams third goal. He wasn’t finished there, combining well with James again to make it 4 shortly after the third and only minutes into the second. With the game looking under control, Carter replaced Eoin, Rhys replaced Aidan (who was excellent in goal) and Thomas replaced Curtis. New-Bridge continued to develop good possession down either side of the pitch through Jay and James, only to see the final pass get pushed too far ahead on several occasions. Leo and Rio looked in control in midfield, with Rio pushing further forward to create the extra player in attack. Rio had a good chance from a free kick on the right blocked by the wall, but the resulting phase of play, it was Captain Jamie that clinched his side 5th goal and yet another school hatrick. Probably the best goal of all was crated and scored by the 2 wide attackers. Excellent play through the middle opened up space for James on the right to play a delightful cross for a waiting Carter, to confidently finish.
An excellent game from new-Bridge with clinical finishing either side of halftime, and solid defending from Curtis (Thomas), Ronan and Kyle throughout keeping Newry’s chances to a minimum.
The boys now look forward to the final against either Dromore or Banbridge Academy.