Joaquim holds Bangor back as South win

South Twos are in good form in Junior Two after beating the league leaders Bangor. US1407-517cd
South Twos are in good form in Junior Two after beating the league leaders Bangor. US1407-517cd

South Antrim Seconds maintained their 100% home record in Junior League Two with what was in the end a narrow 4-3 victory over a battling Bangor side.

The visitors certainly kept the game interesting right up to the final whistle.

Scoring goals has not been a problem for this South Antrim side this season, but they will be disappointed not to have won this game by a more convincing margin.

In fact the visitors gave the home side a fright early on by taking the lead in the first few minutes when hesitancy in the South defence allowed Bangor to walk into the circle and score with a soft effort.

Having realised that the game had actually started, South soon got back to doing what they do best and equalised when James Brown got his first goal of the season by finishing off a great piece of play by Mark Conn.

South were soon in the lead when John Semple scored with a subtle reverse stick shot from 10 metres out, giving the Bangor goalkeeper no chance.

This was more like it for South and before half-time Neil Wilson added a third when John Semple threaded a pass onto the striker’s stick who calmly rounded the keeper and reversed the ball into the open net.

The game was entirely one-sided at this point and early in the second half, Darren Hutchinson made it four with a well-placed short-corner strike.

At this point, South seemed to switch off and Bangor deservedly got themselves back into the game with a tap in at the back post.

The next ten minutes were a bit of a nightmare for the locals, who couldn’t retain possession with repeated turnovers allowing Bangor to mount attack after attack.

South’s problems deepened when Willie Redpath Jnr was forced to leave the field with a nasty head injury meaning some rapid reorganisation in defence.

Bangor were not finished and added another goal to get within one of the hosts. The last five minutes saw Joaquim Noaves in the South goal produce a man-of-the–match performance by making save after save to ensure that all three points went to South.

There is no doubt this was a scare for South, but ultimately another three points keeps the Lisburn team well in the hunt at the top of Junior Two.