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Bangor's century man Andy scores his first in a Long time

By Keith Bailie

Bangor's Andy Long marked his 100th appearance for the club with a goal, as the Seasiders beat Donegal Celtic at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

After the bright lights of Solitude and Tuesday night's County Antrim Shield final, it would have been easy for Saturday's league fixture to seem like an anti-climax, but Bangor won an entertaining six-goal game to go four points clear at the top of the Belfast Telegraph Championship.

Andy Long, Paul McDowell, Ethan Boylan and Tommy Wray all netted in the 4-2 win.

Although Long was pleased to score in his 100th game for the club, he believes that points are the most important thing at this stage of the season.

“I haven't scored in a while, so it was nice to get a goal at last. It was a wee tap-in, but it was good to get a goal what was in a landmark game for me.

“It was a tough game. DC played five in the middle and made it difficult for us, we hardly got on the ball in the opening 35 minutes.

“They were very plucky and they made the second half difficult for us as well. We got goals at important times, but I think our defending was a wee bit disappointing at times. But we got the three points and that's what matters.

“We're just focusing on each game as it comes, at the moment.”

Long opened the scoring in the 40th minute, when he nodded home an Ethan Boylan cut-back from close range. Paul McDowell added a second from inside the box a few moments later.

Darren Stuart pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 65th minute, but Boylan restored Bangor's two-goal lead in the 67th minute. Danny Wallace scored in the 75th minute to hand DC a lifeline, but Tommy Wray scored from a corner-kick in the 78th minute to kill the game as a contest.

Reflecting on Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cliftonville in the County Antrim Shield final, Long believes the Seasiders can be proud of their performance. He hopes it won't be the last time Bangor play in front of a packed stadium.

“For us to play in a match of that calibre in front of a crowd that size is unbelievable. We've played and beaten Glentoran and Crusaders in recent weeks, but I always felt Cliftonville had a little bit extra.

"I think we can be proud of our performance in the Shield final because we had a couple of good chances and we ran them close, without Jordan Forsythe, who is probably our most talented player.

“It was disappointing not to win, but it was fantastic to be involved in a match of that nature. Hopefully we can play in more games like that next season.”

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