Posted 6 years, 5 months ago.
1st Bangor will feel this was a case of 2 points dropped rather than 1 point gained after Dromore came back from 2-0 down to salvage a draw in the dying moments against a free-flowing 1st Bangor side.
Despite being without injured midfield general/dynamo/wizard Chris Scott, 1st Bangor were on the front foot right from the first whistle, stringing move after move together with new signing Ben Gourley slotting in well on his debut for the club. With Colin Moore and Davey Morrow back from injury and Aaron Caldwell and Ben providing the width, there was no shortage of creativity in midfield and this was evidenced when a fine move ended with George Chelariu dissecting the Dromore defence to put Aaron Caldwell through on goal who kept his head to fire the ball over the on-rushing keeper and put 1st Bangor 1-0 up. If there was any criticism of 1st Bangor in the first half it was that they didn't take their chances after creating several good opportunities.
Any other criticism on offer would no doubt have headed the way of the referee (from Dromara coincidently!) after denying 1st Bangor a blatant penalty when Stephen McCormick was body-checked in the box. Sadly that was a sign of things to come.
With chances going a begging at one end, Dromore nearly got themselves back in the match when some loose defensive play saw a shot slip through John McIlveen's hands and onto the bar only for 2 Dromore players to get in each others way and inexplicably miss an open net with the ball only a yard out.
However, it was 1st Bangor who struck next, starting the 2nd half much as they started the first. This time some good interchange play between the lively front two of George Chelariu and Stephen McCormick ending in George Chelariu firing 1st Bangor 2-0 up.
With a 2-0 lead 1st Bangor began sitting deeper and the pressure began to build from Dromore. This pressure soon took its toll and Dromore pulled one back when a free-kick was turned home. However, 1st Bangor looked to have restored their 2 goal lead when Michael Corkum rose well from a corner to head home with 10 mins remaining...but the referee inexcusably disallowed the goal to everyones bewilderment - including the Dromore players.
With the referee playing 7 minutes injury time in an incident free game, and Dromore to their credit continuing to apply the pressure, the inevitable equaliser came, the Dromore striker heading home from close range from a good cross in from the right. The referee still had time to continue to shine though - denying 1st Bangor another penalty for a handball and disallowing a second goal for a tight offside call then blowing the game up when 1st Bangor went through 3 on 2.
But with all the controversy over the referee in this match, 1st Bangor will still be disappointed with the draw having created enough chances to win 2 games and conceding 2 sloppy goals. Next match is away to Wesley in the 1st round of the Clarence Cup.
1st Bangor: J McIlveen, M Pollard, M Paul, M Corkum, M Liddell, A Caldwell, C Moore (J McNamara), D Morrow, B Gourley, G Chelariu (T Eilliot), S McCormick (S Cairnduff).