There was no luck for Malachians today as a last minute equaliser deprived the team of what would have been a hard fought and deserved win away to 1st Bangor. It has been a while since Malachians visited the Bangor end of Drome Park and found the going heavy and the grass long as the planes as always swooped low overhead. The home side started the better but the away side slowly played their way into the game and went ahead on twenty five minutes when Terry McDonald smashed home an unstoppable drive to the roof of the net from a long cross to the far post. However in injury time at the end of the half Bangor levelled when an innocous long ball through the middle caught out the strong three man central defence of captain Downey, Hughes and Eddie Begley and Jordan Dalzell finished from close range
HT: 1st Bangor FC 1 Malachians 1
Malachians went back in front on sixty two minutes when Pearse McAuley, making an instant impact on an impressive Mals debut, scored with a speculative effort from distance. The home side were struggling to break down the Mals side, driven on by an impressive midfield display by manager’s man of the match James Begley, and as home frustrations grew their discipline went and a whole series of home players saw yellow from referee Furlonger for some outrageous challenges. In the final quarter Shiels and Davis entered for scorer Terry McDonald and winger Close who had both put in a shift. In the last minute however Mals hearts were broken when keeper Logan spilled a tame effort on goal and the ball was forced home in a goal line scramble. So a much improved display to raise the spirits of managers Carmichael and Logan despite the game ending in a draw. Up the Mals !
FT: 1st Bangor FC 2 Malachians 2
The Begley brothers, James and Eddie, Odhran Close and Rory McCreadie. Below the chilled out mals bench of Seamie McDonald, Daniel Shiels and Colm Davis