FAI Intermediate Cup
Castleknock Celtic 0
Bangor GG 4
Bangor GG face a difficult trip to Cork city to face Ringmahon Rangers in the last 16 of the FAI Intermediate Cup after seeing off Castleknock Celtic on Friday night.
Goals from Oisin McMenamin, Darren Goode, Jordan Andre and substitute Andy Dunne saw John Scott’s side to a comfortable win in this refix.
The sides had been due to face off seven days earlier but it was postponed late on due to a double-booked pitch.
The LSL Sunday Senior leaders overcame their fourth-tier opponents with the minimum of fuss as they led through McMenamin’s early strike and never looked back.
The Donegal man, making his first appearance since signing from League of Ireland side Cabinteely in the summer, toe-poked home from close range with just 15 minutes on the clock.
They doubled their lead when another ex-Cabo man, Adam Maher, slalomed through a couple of challenges before teeing up Goode to smash the ball into the top corner.
Andre – yet another recruit from Cabinteely – made it 3-0 with 20 minutes to go to register his 14th goal in all competitions before Dunne sealed the win with a spectacular finish from range late on.
It was the ideal riposte from a side who had fallen to a disappointed 5-1 defeat to fellow title challengers Malahide United before the previous week’s late postponement.
Scott believes his side have what it takes to beat anybody on their day and go a lot further in the Intermediate Cup, having already secured a place in the FAI Senior Cup qualifying round.
“It’s the biggest cup in the country outside the FAI Cup. You want to win it and you want to try get to the Aviva,” Scott tells the Dublin Gazette.
“Can we win it? I think we can beat anybody on our day. We have a hard away game against Ringmahon in Cork. They’re top of the league and had a good win at the weekend.
“It’s going to be really tough to go there and take something, but on our day we’re good enough to beat anybody.”
Scott is delighted with his young side’s progress but has added experience in former league-winning captain Tony Keeler from Bluebell United and keeper Gary Cleary from Booth Road Celtic.
And with a trip to 2016/17 champions St Mochta’s on the horizon on Sunday, Scott says the key is to stay in contention long enough to mount a title challenge.
“You look at Crumlin, they’re obviously the benchmark, and they’ve won four and lost four this season. They’re going to come on strong. Bluebell are always there or thereabouts.
“Mochta’s are flying at the minute and we’ve got them on Sunday. Malahide are a really good side. There are probably five or six teams that could win it.
“We’re hoping to stay there as long as we possibly can and hopefully mount a challenge come March or April.”