Banbridge to play Railway Union in Irish Senior Cup final

Banbridge's Drew Carlisle
Banbridge's Drew Carlisle

Banbridge are only 70 minutes away from lifting the Irish Senior Cup for the first time in nearly 30 years, as they swept aside Pembroke Wanderers 4-0 in Dublin to day.

They will play Cork Church of Ireland in tomorrow’s final, after they defeated Railway Union 5-4 on penalty strokes in a rather lack-lustre semi-final, which saw both teams locked out at 1-1.

Bann must now be favourites to lift the elusive trophy as they produced another top drawer performance.

With just seven minutes played, Neil Gilmore finished off a superb run from Stephen Dowds to open Bann’s account, after good advantage from the umpire.

And midway through the first half, Drew Carlisle drilled the ball home after Bann’s penalty corner had broken down.

Ten minutes into the second half, Johnny McKee smashed home a superb reverse stick shot to put Bann in the driving seat. However, the Pembroke keeper Mark Ingram clashed with one of the Bann players, which resulted in him having to be stretchered off the pitch.

The game was delayed for over 20 minutes, whilst the medics worked on him and as a precautionary measure he was taken to hospital.

As the game resumed, Pembroke opted for a kicking back instead of using another keeper and as they went all out for goals they were caught out by Bann in a fast flowing move from defence, which saw Dane Ward wrap up the semi as he tucked home Bann’s fourth goal.

After the game, Bann coach Mark Tumilty said: “The injury put a bit of a dampener on the game and I only hope he makes a full recovery.

“We are just delighted to be in the final, as they guys have worked extremely hard for this. I know people will be making us favourites but it’s the final and it’s down to what game both teams bring to the table.”

The final is scheduled for a 3.15pm start at UCD, Dublin.