Broomhedge 4 v Banbridge Rangers 5 ( aet)
Alan Wilson Cup
Broomhedge entertained Banbridge Rangers in the first round of the Alan Wilson Cup.Frost and snow had the match in doubt but by half past one the pitch had been deemed playable and the game kicked off.
The match started off well for the home side and in the thrid minute Paul Houston went on a great individual run into Rangers 18 yard box where he cooly picked his spot and slotted his first for the club and Brooms first of the day.
Then in the tenth minute a great ball by Houston found Stevenson on the wing he beat two players and crossed the ball to the far post for Addis to tap in the second for the home side.
Rangers started to come more into the game and were causing the Broomhedge defence a lot of problems. In the 25th minute Broomhedges Darren Riddle brought down a Rangers player right on the edge of the box, up stepped Scotty Ward who hit an unstoppable free kick right into the roof of the net.
This set Rangers alight and about five minutes later a ball played through the centre for Jason Gourley to run onto and score the equaliser.
On 57 minutes Banbridge scored somewhat of a fluke 3rd when Gourleys cross from the left somehow eluded Broomhedge keeper Green and ended up in the back of the net.
Broomhedge who deserved more than the bad luck of the visitors last goal started to peg Rangers back, in the 68th minute they were awarded an indirect free kick inside the Rangers penalty area about 14 yards from the goal line.Thompson received the ball from Addis and thundered the it past the wall and the keeper who had no chance.
The 90 minutes finished with no further incident.
The match then went to extra time and within 5 minutes Monteith for Rangers received the ball on the right wing clearly about 5 yards offside and cut in to score Rangers 4th to take the lead for the second time, this rattled the Broomhedge team as it was a clear mistake from the official at such an important time of the match. Two minutes later with the home side still reeling, Rangers Coly Cousins nipped in and scored the 5th.
Second half of extra time Broomhedge kept up the pressure and Alan Stevenson scored with 3 mins remaining, but this turned out to be too little too late.
It was a great match to watch for any neutral with both sets of players producing some great football on a very heavy pitch.
Match ball sponsored by Carville Engineering.
Broomhedge back to league action next week with an away trip to Camlough.