Tumilty hails huge victory for Bann

Timmy Cockram, Lisnagarvey and Tom Brann, Harlequins
Timmy Cockram, Lisnagarvey and Tom Brann, Harlequins

Mark Tumilty was all smiles after watching his Banbridge side secure a massive three points in their bid to lift the Ulster Premiership for the first time.

But Annadale did not role over, they made Bann work hard for the points and in fact they could so easily have got something from the game.

“This was a huge three points for us,” said Tumilty. “We set out to win six points over the last two weeks and we have got them and when you look at it from that point of view I am delighted, but from a performance point of view, I am not. There is work to be done.

“It was a poor game, as it was difficult to play against them . We were moving the ball about very well at times, especially in the first half. But then the bad habits began to creep in.

“I just thought we lacked maturity today, we went 2-0 up and we got to the stage that we thought whenever we got the ball, that we would score and that has been a problem with the group.

“There is no question about the ability of the squad, we just need to get ourselves in the right frame of mind and some of the traits that I thought we had got rid of were back. But this is a huge three points for us.”

Bann had a dream start after Stephen Dowds dispatched a penalty stroke home, after only eight minutes on the clock.

And two minutes later, Johnny McKee, making his premiership debut for Bann, had been on the pitch only 64 seconds, when he notched up his first goal.

Annadale simply had no answer to the Bann side, who were moving the ball about with ease and Gareth Lennox in the Bann goal was a mere spectator, as anything that Dale could muster, was snuffed out comfortably by the Bann back three.

However, Lennox may have had it easy in the first half but this was more than made up for in the second, as Annadale were like a different team as they took the game to Bann.

Seven minutes after the restart, Andy Williamson burst through the Bann defence with ease, to force Lennox into making his first real save of the game.

And on 44 minutes Michael Robson glided along the right wing to smash in a cross which was met by Williamson and he guided the ball into the net.

Bann were now sitting back and letting Dale call the shots and it looked only a matter of time before the hosts would be back on level terms but somehow Bann held on to their slender lead to secure all the points.

Annadale co-coach, Chris McCandless was delighted with his side’s performance.

“I thought we were poor in the first half, as we made basic errors. We had no shape and we were giving them far too much space,” said McCandless.

“But I was delighted with the second half performance, we had a very good team on the back foot in the second half, I think we were unlucky not to get something out of the game based on our performance. It just shows what we are trying to do is working and we are getting there.”


Premiership: Antrim 2 Civil Service 2; Instonians 9 Mossley 0; Kilkeel 0 Cookstown 7; Lisnagarvey 3 Belfast Harlequins 1; Annadale 1 Banbridge 2

Senior One: Campbellians 2 Bangor 2; Portadown 7 South Antrim 2; North Down 12 Ballynahinch 0; Queens 10 Armagh 0; Raphoe 2 Newry 1

Senior Two: Parkview 5 Down 5

Irish Challenge: Cliftonville 3 Ballymena 0; Catholic Institute 3 PSNI 3 (CI won 4-3 on PS).