It was even-stevens at Clandeboye Park yesterday afternoon as Bangor and Cliftonville shared the spoils in a match which both managers regarded as a “six-pointer”, with both teams looking to get away from the relegation zone.
Bangor opened the scoring after just 17 minutes when striker Marty Verner, left unmarked ten yards in front of goal, was able to pick his spot to head past John Connolly from a looping cross by right back Dean Youle
The Reds, looking to extent their seven game unbeaten run, were second best to a determined home side as they struggled to find their passing game on a lively surface, but levelled before half-time when Chris Scannell’s shot from six yards in a packed Bangor area rebounded off the crossbar, it was Hamill who reacted to send the ball
into the net with a shoulder-high hooked drive past a helpless Andrew Plummer.
Bangor manager Marty Quinn: “ It was a very hard-fought game. We started off well, looked like a team which wanted to win, played some good football, and duly took the lead.”
Bangor: Plummer, Youle, Boyd, Anderson (77 McKee), McMenamin, Gracey, Lockhart, Irvine, Morrow (37 McDowell), Verner, Melly (87 Hand).
Cliftonville; Connolly, R Scannell, O’Hare, M Holland, Hamill (77 Murphy), C Scannell, McMullan, Patterson, Smyth, Donaghy, Catney (90 Johnston).
Referee: Mr Raymond Crangle (Belfast)