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Noah's extra special strike grabs the glory for Bangor

Bangor 4-3 Campbellians

By Graham Hamilton

Favourites Bangor landed the Linden Cup yesterday afternoon at Stormont's Playball but it needed an extra time goal from Noah McKeown to see them through.

McKeown scored the silver goal winner in the first minute of extra time after a thrilling 3-3 draw played in atrocious weather conditions.

It seemed the Seasiders were heading towards a straightforward success - to pay up for their defeat to Raphoe in the decider two years ago - when the Senior League's top goalscorer Ryan Burgess shot them into a two- goal lead.

But Campbellians came roaring back to level at 2-2, with Conor Bannister and Joel Easlea in top form, and after they again fell behind with just a few minutes remaining, their fighting spirit saw them force extra time through a penalty corner conversion right at the death.

Campbellians knew they had to stop the prolific Burgess from scoring, but it proved difficult and he converted penalty corner drag flicks early in the first half and again early in the second half.

But just when Bangor thought they were home and dry, James Clark pulled one back with a shot on the reverse, followed by the equaliser from Stephen McMillan when a penalty corner was switched.

Bangor, though, restored their lead through a Dave Edwards penalty stroke, only to see Campbellians level again with Mack's 70th minute penalty corner coversion.

And so it was on to extra time, with the silver goal scenario in operation.

But it took McKeown just one minute to put Bangor ahead and this time the Seasiders closed shop to signal celebrations at the half-time hooter.

Afterwards Ulster Hockey president David Larmour handed over the trophy to Bangor captain James Trimble.

bangor 4

cambellians 3

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