ALL IRELAND RUGBY: Banbridge defeat Malone in Division 2A

Malone's Neil Alcorn goes to ground under pressure from Banbridge
Malone's Neil Alcorn goes to ground under pressure from Banbridge

MALONE 20 BANBRIDGE 23

Banbridge survived playing the last quarter with 14 men to win an action packed Ulster derby against Malone at Gibson Park.

Both sides scored three tries while referee Richard Kerr issued three yellow cards and one red.

Banbridge dominated the opening quarter but had to wait until 23 minutes to make their pressure count with the opening try, Adam Doherty field a poor kicked out of defence on halfway and released Morrison who showed paced to go round Rory Campbell and touch down for an unconverted try.

Malone No8 Ross Todd played Morrison after he grounded the ball and was yellow carded, the game restarted with a Banbridge penalty which they kicked to the corner, from the resulting lineout they worked the ball through a number of phases before spinning it wide for winger Andy Ervine to dot down in the corner.

Mark O’Connor missed a penalty for Malone after their first sortie into Banbridge’s 22.

The visitors had No8 Stephen Irvine sin binned on 36 minutes and O’Connor knocked over the resulting penalty.

Malone made their numerical advantage count after the forwards worked the ball through a number of phases in the 22 before the backs moved the ball quickly through the hands to create space for Adam Liddell to go to reduce Banbridge’s half time lead to 10-8.

Scrum half Lee Steenson increased Banbridge’s advantage with a penalty on five minutes after the restart.

Malone hit back instantly when Banbridge tried to run the ball out of defence they we’re turned over and from a chip from Josh Pentland O’Connor gathered to level the scorers but missed the

conversion.

Banbridge regained the lead on 53 minutes, Morrision punched a hole in the Malone midfield, they moved the ball wide and scrum Jason Gribben scored with Steenson converting.

The visitors were reduced to 14 men when Irvine was showed a second yellow card on 60 minutes.

Malone had Lee Barlow yellow carded for illegal used of the shoulder on 68 minutes and Steenson landed the resulting penalty.

Michael Barker late converted try for the home team set up a nail biting climax but Bann held on.