Premier Division Player of the Week – BJ Banda (Finn Harps)

BJ Banda

Our SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Player of the Week for this week is Finn Harps striker BJ Banda. 
BJ only came on as a substitute in the 22nd minute for the injured Jonny Bonner, but was hugely influential as Harps beat Derry City 2-0 at Maginn Park.

Paddy McCourt set BJ up just before the break with a through-ball, and he made a brilliant turn past the defender to strike on goal. The shot took a deflection and beat Ger Doherty all ends up.

Here’s Banda’s goal just before half-time;

Banda had a couple of other chances to grab a second, but in the end he had to settle for setting up Michael Funston for Harps second goal on the night to seal a famous win.

The goal was the 18 year-old strikers first goal since that famous night in 2015, when as a 16 year-old he sent Finn Harps to a play-off victory over Limerick to seal promotion to the Premier Division.

Photo Credit: Stephen Doherty (@dotsydoherty)