Bangor were counting their lucky stars when a last-minute goal from captain Andy Morrow spared their blushes at last night’s rearranged Irish Cup tie.
Bangor had looked down and out against a lively Championship side as Carrick Rangers forced the pace against their Premiership opponents.
Carrick had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half as Bangor were always in trouble as Davy Larmour and fellow striker Kyle McDowell asked plenty of questions.
Bangor goalkeeper Andrew Plumber seemed to struggle in the windy conditions and on eight minutes he had to fingertip a powerful ten yard header from Justin leMatre over the crossbar from McDowell’s inswinging corner defeated the Bangor back line.
The former Crusaders striker gave his team a vital lead 11 minutes before the break when from another corner, this time from Pedro Delgado on the left, caused all sorts of trouble and this time the Bangor keeper didn’t get near the ball and Larmour was on the spot to head home from point blank range.
With the wind in their backs in the second half Bangor never seemed to come to grips with a sterling defence, well marshalled by centre back Paul Prenter and the only chance the Seasiders could muster until those dramatic final seconds when a header by Morrow on 50 minutes from a free kick by Darren Lockhart which was nodded on by David Irvine.
But the Carrick keeper Greg Shannon reacted lightning fast to fingertip the ball round the post.
Bangor snatched the draw on 89 minutes when the carrick defenders for once failed to get to grips with the ball bouncing around the area and Morrow popped up to smash it past the keeper from three yards out to save his side’s bacon.
The sides will now meet in a replay at a date yet to be arranged.