Rovers halt Bangor’s run

by Gazette Reporter

BROADFORD Rovers grabbed an unlikely draw away at title-chasing Bangor Celtic on Friday night, proving stubborn in defence and effective on the break as they survived long periods under severe pressure following a first half dismissal.
Broadford, in truth, deserve credit for their resilience in a game in which they were forced to defend manfully for large parts. They proved themselves clinically effective when the chances did come, with Adam Zayed in particular standing out.
It was the away side that took the lead, with Zayed given space as he burst from midfield, and using it to full effect to smash a powerful drive past Stephen Conlon and in off Celtic’s right post on seven minutes.
With Celtic looking blunted until Zayed’s goal, the title-chasing home side’s response was swift. While Broadford were impressively clinical, however, Bangor’s fluid passing play found plenty of space and probably should have produced more goals.
Two optimistic penalty appeals from Celtic bracketed their equaliser, which saw Aaron Coleman find space on the right wing, with Darragh McGinley beaten slightly too easily in the Broadford goal for the equaliser.
When a lengthy fracas saw Broadford’s Paddy Hickey shown a straight red card and three or four others given yellow’s, Bangor almost immediately went on to take the lead, with a sharp right wing move ending with wing-back Stephen White crashing the home side in front.
With the best part of an hour to play and Broadford behind and a man down, Bangor should really have put the game to bed, but saw the chances dry up as they became bogged down in a midfield battle.
Shortly after half-time, quick thinking from the visitors saw the ball knocked out to Robbie Lancaster, who knocked in an equalising half volley with goalkeeper Conlon out of position.
Both sides had chances to win the game, with a goal line clearance from Cian Fadden saving the home side from an unlikely loss, while Bangor themselves saw a ping-pong moment in the opposition box come to nothing, and Broadford clung on for 2-2.
With three promoted from LSL Senior 1, Bangor Celtic still look a good bet for promotion, though perhaps the title is slowly falling from their grasp.
Grinding out results like this hard-fought point, however, is edging Broadford Rovers to comfort in mid table.

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