Banbridge Secure Anderson Cup Final Spot

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Banbridge are through to the Anderson Cup final after a stunning second-half start enabled them to defeat Cookstown 4-2 at Lisnagarvey on Tuesday night.

 

Mark Tumilty’s team will meet either Garvey or Instonians in the decider after their semi was postponed to allow the Belfast side to prepare for Saturday’s IHL 2 promotion play-off clash with UCD.

 

Bann scored three times in the space of seven minutes early in the second half to kill the game off after the sides had been level at 1-1 at the break.

 

Zach McClelland scored a well taken goal to put them ahead after eight minutes but Cookstown equalised through a Stuart Smyth penalty corner eight minutes before half-time.

 

But Bann hit a purple patch shortly after the restart as Jamie Wright and Josh Moffett scored in the space of 90 seconds to make it 3-1.

 

Moffett then showed some silky skills in the circle six minutes later before being fouled and David Rae made it 4-1 from the resulting penalty stroke.

 

Raymond Miller pulled one back for the Tyrone team in the final minute but it was too late to affect the outcome.

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