1st Bangor 2-3 Dergview

So near but yet so far.  1st Bangor came close to pulling off a truly memorable upset against Dergview, a team who are 63 league places above them, but in the last minute Dergview nicked the winner to set up an interesting tie with Dollingstown in the next round.

It was nearly the perfect start for 1st Bangor with McCormick and Beattie both going through one-on-one early on but on both occasions the finish was lacking and it remained 0-0.

After a first half an hour dominated by 1st Bangor, Dergview started to show why they are flying high in the Championship, penetrating 1st Bangor and going close after the Dergview striker rounded McIlveen and fired just wide, but it wasn't long before they made 1st Bangor pay for their missed early chances.

A neat one-two between the Dergview right-sided players sent the right-back clear into the box and he produced a fantastic finish into the far left corner giving McIlveen no chance and making it 1-0 Dergview.  The first goal showed Dergview's class but the second was 1st Bangor's own undoing, giving possession away cheaply in the middle of the park and allowing the Dergview number 9 to race through on goal and pick his finish into the right corner of the net giving Dergview a 2-0 lead at half-time.

1st Bangor though are made of sterner stuff this season and came quickly out of the blocks in the second half.  The pressure soon reaped reward as Oliver dropped the ball back to Gourley who whipped in a great ball to the back stick where McPhillips rose between two defenders to plant a superb header into the bottom corner.  Was the comeback on??

It most certainly was, and shortly after the comeback was complete as 1st Bangor grabbed a deserved equaliser.  Robinson nicking possession in the middle of the park and racing clear before squaring to McPhillips who slotted calmly home under the Dergview keeper to make it 2-2.

As extra-time looked likely both teams pressed for the winner but it was 1st Bangor who blinked first as Dergview's left winger latched onto a loose pass from the home side and surged forward.  McIlveen managed to produce a fantastic save to deny the first effort but as the rebound fell kindly to the Dergview right winger it was heartbreak for 1st Bangor as he knocked it home giving Dergview the win in the dying seconds of the match.

However 1st Bangor will hope to take what was still a great performance into next week's cup match and beyond as the second half of the season gets well and truly underway.

Team:  McIlveen, Hill, Sproule, Corkum, Gourley, Oliver, Robinson, Beattie, Caldwell, McCormick (Scott), McPhillips

1st Bangor 2-3 Dergview

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