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Ben Browne (Picture: Andrew Paton/PressEye.com)

DERGVIEW 1-4 BANGOR

GOALS by Chris Middleton, Andy Long, substitute Darren Stuart and Ben Browne sealed the points for the visitors, that after Ryan Campbell, who scored in the 1-1 draw with Tobermore United in midweek, had fired the hosts into a deserved 13th minute lead.

Dergview opened in positive fashion with Nathan Cashel glancing a whipped right-wing free kick delivery by Duwayne McManus inches wide before the same player shuddered Paul Cairnduff's crossbar from all of 25 yards.

The early signs suggested the home side was in the mood and on 13 minutes that was underlined when Warner Mullen's clever reverse pass sent Cashel scampering clear to slide the ball into the path of Campbell for a simple tap-in.

But the early advantage lasted just a mere five minutes, a right-sided free kick by Bangor skipper Gareth Scates was spilled by goalkeeper Alan Buchanan and Middleton gleefully tapped home from close range.

The sides continued to trade blows with McManus failing by a whisker to get the final touch on Aaron Arkinson's inviting right-sided cross while Campbell twice

volleyed over in the wake of some mesmerising build-up play involving Mullen, McManus, Lecky and Cashel.

In between those Campbell efforts Bangor snatched the lead, a scintillating passage of attacking play ending up with Middleton skipping through the home rearguard to tee-up Long for an easy tap-in.

By now Frankie Wilson's visitors had a firm stranglehold on proceedings and they maintained their slender advantage at the break, after Campbell, who had been sent clear by excellent combination play involving Arkinson and Mullen, cut inside to fire inches the wrong side of the post.

The next goal was always likely to prove pivotal to the final outcome as Lecky thundered a shot wide, in the wake of persistent play by right-back Gareth Porter, before visiting keeper Carinduff scrambled clear a thunderous 30-yarder by the midfielder that appeared to be moving all over the place.

Moments earlier replacement Stuart escaped the clutches of the home defence on the right to volley against the crossbar and shortly after the hour it was the super sub who extended the visitors' lead. The home defence failed to deal with a floated Scates free kick, the ball fell perfectly for Stuart who needed no second invitation despite keeper Buchanan getting a hand to the striker's low shot.

The game was by now well stretched as a sublime diagonal ball by Mullen, left to right, and equally brilliant cross by Arkinson, ended with Cashel just failing to convert at the near post before Stuart again cracked another effort against Buchanan's woodwork.

Cairnduff then pushed a rasping effort by Mullen around his left post, following a quick tapped free kick by John Carlin, before a poor clearance by the Bangor stopper almost threw the home side a lifeline. Mullen collected the wayward kick, then played Steven Campbell away on the left but the visiting custodian redeemed himself by
finger-tipping the substitute's dipping left-footed volley over his bar.

That exquisite volley marked the end of the Dergview challenge and with 16 minutes remaining Bangor midfielder Ben Browne had the final say by firing a snap shot from 16 yards under the diving body of Buchanan.

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