Bangor assistant boss Jeff Mongomery admitted he felt a pang of sympathy for Institute after the Seasiders stole a last gasp point at Clandeboye Park on Saturday.
The Drumahoe men were cruising to victory with a 2-0 lead, with an 83rd minute 30 yard strike from midfielder Sean Roddy (pictured), which flew past Bangor keeper seemingly clinching the points to put them three ahead of the home team in the dogfight for the vital sixth place in the table.
But skipper Andy Morrow struck twice from Mark Magennis free kicks in the space of two injury time minutes to spoil the long journey home for the visitors.
“To be frank, we looked dead and buried then Mark Magennis and Andy Morrow did the business for us.,” said Mongomery
“For us it must be a point gained after we had conceded a couple of bad goals, but I feel for Institute who must feel as if they have been beaten in a game they looked to have sewn up.”
A downcast Institute manager John Gregg echoed those sentiments.
“We had done everything right, closed Bangor down, were winning the second ball, and were two goals up.
“Then in five minutes, all the good work we had done was ruined, and for the second time in the season, we let slip a two goal lead at Clandeboye Park.
“Last time we lost the game, this time we drew, but that certainly doesn’t make things any better for me or for the players.
“The way I feel at the moment, I would quite happily never see Clandeboye Park again.
“With a big game on Tuesday night at home to league leaders Glentoran we will have to pick ourselves up and stand up and be counted.
“We are unbeaten in five games and the players will be looking to make amends for this slip-up.”
It took an error by Bangor keeper Andrew Plummer to give Institute the lead on 75 minutes.
The stopper looked to have everything under control as he leapt to catch a lofted cross from the left touchline by Eamon Seydak under his crossbar, but the ball seemed to slip from his grasp to fall behind the goal line.
Then came the second goal from Roddy before everything went pear-shaped.
Forty-five seconds into added time Bangor were awarded a free kick fifteen yards outside the Institute box and Magennis found an unmarked Andy Morrow who headed home from ten yards just inside the right upright.
And Bangor repeated the dose two minutes later. This time Magennis’ free kick caused panic as the ball rebounded off a couple of defenders to land at the feet of Bangor sub Nathan McConnell who coolly slipped a four yard pass for Morrow to stab home from a merely a yard out.