Bangor hit five past Knockbreda
Bangor 5-2 Knockbreda
Bangor manager Garth Scates returned to the touchline after a sabbatical from the game, following the death of his wife Lesley in October.
Scates received a warm welcome from the Bangor supporters at Clandeboye Park before he watched the Seasiders beat Knockbreda 5-2 in an enthralling Irish Cup tie.
Bangor started brightly when Jordan Forsythe gave them the lead in the 17th minute after he connected with a Bryan Hylands cross.
Portuguese forward Miguel Chines drew Breda level just five minutes later when he flashed the ball into the back of the net.
The away side took the lead just after the break thanks to a strike from James Mitchell, only for Stephen O'Neill to equalise less than a minute later.
Andy Morrow, Mark Cooling and Barry Walsh all netted for Bangor in the last half an hour, to give the 1993 Irish Cup winners a spot in the Fifth Round draw. James Wright was sent off for Knockbreda mid-way through the second half.
Reflecting on the game, Bangor assistant manager Jeff Montgomery said: “It was a hard fought victory. To be honest, 5-2 doesn't give a fair reflection of the game as they had a man sent off and we were able to use the extra man to our advantage.
“It was a decent open game for the spectators who were here today. It was a good win for us against a very good Knockbreda side.”
Montgomery, who has managed Bangor in Scates' absence, was impressed by club legend Andy Morrow and recent recruit Barry Walsh.
“I don't like to single out individuals as it's a team game, but Andy Morrow had an excellent game. I'm sure Andy will tell you that the rest of the lads deserve just as much credit.
“Barry Walsh also had a good game. He got his chance recently because of injuries and he has performed very well. He took his chance and he has kept the shirt, that's the way we want it to be.
“If you want to keep your shirt for the next game you've got to perform well every Saturday.”
Bangor will have another cup tie next Saturday, when they face Amateur League outfit UUJ at Clandeboye Park.
Montgomery says Bangor will be taking nothing for granted
“Will we treat UUJ with the same respect that we treated Knockbreda with. It's another cup competition and it's another opportunity to put a good cup run together. We will go into it hoping to progress to the next round.”
Bangor have now scored an impressive 62 goals in all competitions this season.
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