Dunmurry started brightly against their Bangor visitors and it was no surprise that
after seven minutes Nigel Prentice scored from six yards after controlling a right
wing cross. The same player was denied a second goal after fourteen minutes after
controlling a right wing cross and sidestepping an opponent before striking the underside
of the bar from eighteen yards.
The Rec seemed in complete control at this stage when in a swift breakaway Michael
Craig’s shot was blocked by Rec’s keeper Henry the ball then bounced back of Craig
and into an empty net to level the score.
The remainder of the first half was scoreless with the Bangor defence being well
marshalled by centre halt Walls and keeper Galbraith.
Whatever Rec’s manager Ricky Beggs said to his players at half time certainly
worked as within two minutes of the re-start Prentice forced Bangor’s keeper to make
a good stop but Colin Arnott following up slid the ball into the empty net to put
the Rec 2-1 up.
It was all Dunmurry now and Paddy Larkin headed against the bar from a left
wing corner, five minutes later Gary Hewitt became the third Rec player to hit the
bar when he also headed against the bar again from a corner.
Bangor were under constant pressure and it was no surprise that in the 55th
minute Colin Arnott showing good pace crossed from the right and Terry Fitzpatrick
hammered the ball home to put the Rec two up. Five minutes later Bangor’s keeper
Galbraith palmed away a cross shot from Craig with two Dunmurry forwards hoping for
a tap in.
After 70 minutes McLarnon and Rutherford replaced Arnott and Fitzpatrick and
it was no great surprise when ten minutes later Rutherford scored with a delightful
chip to score Dunmurry’s fourth goal.
Bangor to their credit did not give up and pulled a goal back in the last minute
to leave the final score 4-2 in Dunmurry’s favour.