Banbridge Panthers 1 Northend Youth 0 Saturday 23rd March 2019
After a 3-week layoff due to the bad weather and missing 3 regulars the blues looked off the pace. In a slow paced first half neither team really threatened. Half time 0-0
The second half started much brighter with O'Donnell creating a few good chances down the left wing. Stewart who started in goal resumed his more familiar midfield role, his early influence created a couple of chances for Nellins' but the striker couldn't find the cutting edge.
A free kick awarded just outside the box was spectacularly finished to give The Panthers the edge. The blues pushed to get the equaliser but other than a late free from McKay that was turned over the crossbar it wasn't to be.
That hopefully is the rusty performance out of the system on a day when O'Donnell and Magill were the only stand out performers.
Panel: J Stewart, H Livingstone, E Smyth, J Boyd, M Mongan, F McKay, J Greer, M O'Donnell, J Nellins, J Magill
Northend Youth 1 Glenavy Youth 2 Saturday 2nd March 2019
The Blues went into this cup quarter final on the back of 7 wins in 8 games in 2019. The positive form continued as early pressure saw Kaczmarek denied on 2 occasions with only the keeper to beat. The absence of Eddie Smyth at centre back meant a reshuffle with Donnelly solid in the unfamiliar role. McKay, O'Donnell and Seb Smyth were seeing plenty of possession and creating chances. An early injury to Stewart meant a reshuffle with Kaczmarek moving to the middle of the park and Greer leading the line.
Greer's pace and trickery on the ball added a cutting edge to the attack but despite a number of opportunities the game was scoreless at the interval. Half time 0-0
The second half started at a blistering pace with the Blues creating early chances, a fine run by McKay took him past 2 men only to see his shot hit the side netting. A Kaczmarek thunder bolt was tipped over the bar, but seconds later a pass from Greer found Kaczmarek free in the box and he fired home from 5 yards. The Blues looked in control with Glenavy not threating Nellins in goal. A lapse of concentration in the last 5 minutes saw Glenavy equalise, further heartbreak was to follow as a free kick on the final whistle found the net. Full time 1-2
This was a game dominated by the blues but failure to capitalise on scoring opportunities was their downfall. Nellins was solid in goal when required, the back 3 of Livingstone, Donnelly and Boyd were rarely troubled. At the final whistle a disappointed group of players stood in the centre of the pitch knowing this one had got away.
Panel: J Nellins, H Livingstone, G Donnelly, J Boyd, S Smyth, F McKay, J Stewart, M O'Donnell, J Kaczmarek, J Greer, J Magill