Raphoe travelled to Bangor on Saturday and fell to their first defeat of 2012 with a dismal performance that made an average Bangor side look good. Raphoe were slow to react to 50-50 balls, couldn’t tackle and made too many individual errors throughout the game.
Bangor after losing heavily in Raphoe a couple of weeks ago had a point to prove and were a lot more solid everywhere on the pitch and they created the first chance of the half from a short corner which was easily cleared by Raphoe.
Midway through the half Bangor took the lead from another short corner a switch at the top of the circle saw Dave McClune flick the ball home. Raphoe were at sixes and sevens at the back and Bangor found gaps and Ian McGonigle had to clear the ball off the line just as Simon Hunter was about to score. Raphoe did fight back towards the end of the half and from their only short corner of the game Richard Patterson flicked the ball past the keeper. .
The second half started a little better for Raphoe as they pushed men forward trying to pin Bangor back into their own half but they couldn’t force a way past the Bangor defence. Ten minutes into the half Bangor regained the lead from another short corner when the ball was switched to the right Simon Hunter fired home from a tight angle.
Again Raphoe tried to fight their way back and should have equalised for a second time but Richard Patterson shot wide with the goals at his mercy. Shortly after Ian McGonigle had to clear the ball off the line for a second time as Bangor pushed for a third. With fifteen minutes left and Raphoe pushing for an equaliser William Kilpatrick gave up possession cheaply and Bangor scored a scrappy third when Simon Hunter was on hand to knock home at the back post.
With seven minutes left Raphoe scored a fortunate second goal Richard Patterson’s cross from the left hit the inside of the post and fell to George Patterson who couldn’t miss from two yards out. With time running out Raphoe couldn’t get a third and the game ended 3 - 2 to Bangor. Man of the match for Raphoe was George Patterson.
Next week Raphoe have a home game against Armagh with a 2.30pm push back at the Royal School Grounds.
Team: Johnny Rankin, William Kilpatrick, Rodney Bates, Keith Meehan, William Wauchope, Ian McGonigle (Capt.), Alan Patterson, John Watt, George Patterson, Richard Patterson, Gavin Lecky, Trevor Patterson, Alan Meehan.
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