Bangor Swifts II 2 – 4 Carryduff Colts
The Colts strolled into the 4th Round of The Junior Shield with an impressive performance on an excellent pitch beside the seaside.
With some lovely combination play from back to front, they thought they had taken the lead from a DA shot that flew into the net but the referee ruled him offside. To all watching he was well onside.
They did however take the lead through Irwin who decided to shoot and the ball somehow sneaked through the keeper’s gloves and through his legs for 1-0.
The Colts continued their free flowing football and it was not long before they went 2 up from a tap in by the skipper Mc Donnell up for yet another Colts corner.
Then came the save of the match from McCann in the Colts net with a Gordon Banks like save. (Kids – if you have never heard of Gordon Banks before, check this out.)
The Swifts pulled a goal back before halftime with a punt over the defense and a decent finish that McCann could not stop.
Thankfully there was no need for harsh words at halftime because we knew if we scored the next goal we should go on to win the tie.
Again the Colts started the half much the better team and from a roaming attack from left back Murphy he let lease with a wonder strike that flew high into the net from 20 yards out. Murph, not known for his shooting ability, celebrated like a left back should after scoring out of the blue and was lucky not to get booked after taking his top off but, thankfully, the referee never noticed.
The Swifts kept prodding to get back into the game and they scored to make it 2-3 with 20 minutes still on the clock but you could tell The Colts were in 3rd gear and could push on again and it was the skipper McDonnell who sealed the victory with a header from another corner.
A 4th Round Tie against Greenwell Star awaits The Colts in December.
McCann, Crompton, McDonnell, Maguire, Murphy, Sherry, McEvoy (Dale), Docherty, Holden (Magee), Irwin, Brownlee