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Bangor's Andy Morrow (Picture: Matt Mackey/PressEye.com)

SEASIDERS MAINTAIN THIRD PLACE PUSH

BANGOR maintained their bid for a third place in the Championship with a hard-earned victory over a lively Harland and Wolff Welders team at Clandeboye Park.

Two evenly matched teams fought out a first half midfield battle with goal chances for either side few and far between.

Closest the visitors came to a goal was on 38 minutes when an inswinging corner on the left by Stuart King deflected over the angle of the near post and bar.

At the other end Bangor did have the ball in the net five minutes later.

Welders' keeper James Taylor's attempted throw out in a crowded area rebounded off home winger Andy Long who promptly hit into the net from six yards.

A raised assistant's flag saw the "goal" ruled out, apparently for offside.

Bangor pushed forward after the break and came close on 67 minutes when a three man move saw sub.

Ryan Murray combined with Gareth McLaughlin to set up a shot for Andy Morrow, but the Bangor veteran's rasping shot from ten yards was blocked buy a defender for a corner.

The home team broke the deadlock on 71 minutes when the lively McLaughlin's curling outswinging cross from the left beat the keeper and was powerfully headed home from five yards by Murray at the far post.

The Welders threw everyone forward to lay siege to the Bangor goal, forcing a series of corners, but on 80 minutes the home side scored on the break to seal the points.

Right back Gareth Beattie raced down the flank before crossing inside for Darren Stuart to neatly lay off the ball for Morrow who kept his cool to rifle home from the edge of the area, giving Taylor no chance to save.

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