HOCKEY: Bangor win Linden Cup thriller

Bangor captain, James Trimble, with the Linden Cup
Bangor captain, James Trimble, with the Linden Cup

Noah McKeown’s strike two minutes into silver goal extra-time proved to be the decider as Bangor edged out Campbellians 4-3 in the Linden Cup final at Deramore.

It was a slow and nervy beginning to the game but it soon burst into life with both teams creating chances but neither able to capitalise.

That was until Bangor won their second penalty corner of the game and took the lead through a powerful low dragflick from Ryan Burgess.

Bangor took their lead into the half-time break and only minutes after the restart extended it, Ryan Burgess grabbing his second of the game from another penalty corner.

Campbellians rallied and found a lifeline after a broken down penalty corner fell to James Clark, who stylishly slotted his reverse shot across the goalkeeper.

The momentum was certainly with the side from Belmont and they took advantage by equalising through a switched penalty corner to Stephen McMillen.

With three minutes remaining Bangor made it 3-2 when Dave Edwards calmly slotted through Darren Rodger’s legs.

In the 69th minute Campbellians were awarded a penalty corner, the initial shot was blocked but Bangor could not clear and Craig Mack scored to send the game to extra-time.

Two minutes into the extra-time, Bangor’s Noah McKeown grabbed the winner with a back post finish.