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Bangor boss Jeff Montgomery wants his side to keep cool

By Keith Bailie

Published 30/04/2015

So far, so good: Bangor’s Paul McDowell celebrates after making it 2-0, giving his side a commanding first-leg lead
So far, so good: Bangor’s Paul McDowell celebrates after making it 2-0, giving his side a commanding first-leg lead

Bangor manager Jeff Montgomery wants his side to play their normal game in tomorrow's decisive promotion/relegation play-off fixture at Milltown.

Bangor lead Warrenpoint Town 2-0 after a comprehensive first-leg victory at Clandeboye Park on Tuesday night. A first-half own goal from Stephen Moan set the Seasiders on their way before Paul McDowell added a second in stoppage time.

Montgomery explained: "We won't be going to Warrenpoint to defend. I think if you watch the Irish League on a regular basis you will rarely see a team sit and defend for 90 minutes.

"Of course, we will be cautious because Warrenpoint are a good side on the counter-attack and if you leave gaps they will be exploited. They're very quick across the ground and they can hurt you from your own corner-kicks if you're not careful.

"But we won't be negative on Friday night. That's not something you really see in Northern Ireland, I think the Irish League is one where teams just go out and play their normal game and that's the approach we will be taking."

Reflecting on the first leg, Montgomery said: "We were excellent in the second half and at 1-0 I was slightly frustrated because we had the chances to extend our lead, so I was delighted when we scored our second. I think it was just reward for the efforts we put in.

"We could have scored more but you know what football is like, realistically you're not going to score all your chances. We're more than happy to be going to Warrenpoint with a two-goal advantage."

Tuesday's 2-0 win was the first time Bangor had won the first leg of a play-off. In each of their previous play-off ties - Ards in 1997, Omagh Town in 1998, Newry Town in 2003 and Glenavon in 2007 - Bangor have failed to win the home leg, before eventually losing the tie. They will be hoping to end that hoodoo tomorrow night and claim a spot in the Danske Bank Premiership.

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