Banbridge Town celebrate their two stoppage time goals (Picture © Valerie Martin)
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Conor Downey scored twice in stoppage time as Banbridge Town came from behind to defeat Moyola Park at Crystal Park.
Tomas McCann opened the scoring for Moyola midway through the first half, stepping up to curl a free-kick around the wall into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Jason Paul might have made it 2-0 just before the break only to clip the ball just past the far post from a McCann pass.
Banbridge were quick out of the blocks at the start of the second half but despite having a lot of the ball they failed to create many scoring chances.
Chasing the game they brought on Downey for defender Danny Devlin, and it was this change that ultimately earned them the points.
However, after 90 minutes Town still trailed to that early goal but an earlier injury stoppage and six substitutions produced eight minutes of added time.
Banbridge eventually levelled in the third minute of stoppage time when a corner from the right was flicked on by Timmy Grant for Downey to head home at the far post.
Remarkably, Doweney struck again three minutes after that. A right wing cross was cleared but only to the edge of the area where he picked it up to unleash a spectacular half volley flew into the visitors net to spark wild celebrations by the home players, management and fans.
Banbridge Town: McErlean, J. Wilson, Devlin, Greene, Acheson, McGuinness, Clydesdale, Allison, McGrath, Teggart, Moffatt subs Downey (replaced Devlin 61), Grant (replaced McGrath 82), Todd (replaced Moffatt 82)
Moyola Park: Farniok, McAllister, Harris, McQuillan, McClure, Doey, J. Paul, Graham, McCann, Hudson, Forrest subs Greer (replaced Forrest 70), Agnew (replaced McCann 82), Boyle (replaced J. Paul 90)
Referee: Shane Andrews
|Aaron Harris||90 +7|
|Conor Downey||61||90 +3,90 +6|
|Hugh Og Boyle||90|