BANGOR 1 WARRENPOINT TOWN 0
Bangor booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup with a spirited 1-0 win over Premiership outfit Warrenpoint Town last night.
Barry Walsh’s second half strike helped the Seasiders earn a last-eight tie against Queen’s University at the Dub on March 1.
It was a rare highlight to a tense cup tie at the Bangor Fuels Arena.
The winning goal arrived in the 63rd minute, with Walsh dispatching a low drive past Jonathan Parr from 12 yards.
Chances were at a premium during the opening 45 minutes.
Parr easily collected Jordan Forsythe’s low shot in the 19th minute, while Stephen O’Neill squandered two chances to break the deadlock.
O’Neill poked a shot wide of the target from six yards in the 32nd minute, and the striker glanced a header tamely wide six minutes later.
At the other end Paul Cairnduff fumbled Daniel Hughes’ low shot before the collecting the loose ball from the inrushing Stephen Hughes.
Bangor forged ahead in the 63rd minute with Walsh breaking the deadlock with a clinical finish.
Dominic Melly crossed into the middle for O’Neill, and when the striker was crowded out inside the box the ball fell to Walsh who dispatched a low drive into the bottom corner.
At the other end Marty Havern flicked Daniel Hughes’ corner just inches over the bar in the 80th minute.
Substitute Ethan Boylan was denied at the death by Parr but it mattered little as Bangor progressed.
BANGOR: Cairnduff (Gibbons 60), Wray, Hylands, Youle, Nixon, Walsh, Hall, Melly, McDowell (Lambe 90), O’Neill (Boylan 76), Forsythe.
Subs not used: Long, Cooling.
WARRENPOINT: J. Parr, King, S. Parr, D. Hughes, S. Hughes, McCabe (Mulgrew 71), Freeman (Havern 71), M. Hughes, Moan, Boyle, Devlin.
Subs not used: Conan, Smith, Grant.
Referee: Mark Courtney (Dungannon)