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Favourites Bangor go through after scare

Grosvenor G 8 Bangor CS: Bangor Grammar were a very relieved team when a late penalty goal earned a third round tie against Sullivan Upper on Saturday week.

Played in terribly wet conditions the game against Grosvenor could have gone either way and Bangor coach Jason Morgan was just thankful his side went through.

"I must give credit to Grosvenor as they put us under a lot of pressure," he said.

"I actually feel bad for them but that's Cup rugby.

"They maybe deserved to succeed and we were fortunate, but they were unable to capitalise on our mistakes.

"In the last quarter they had the better of the play and the tie ended with them on our line.

"At the same time I felt a few of our players didn't show their real class but there was a great solo effort from Matthew Coffey."

Grosvenor started strongly with their outstanding forward Sam Purdon powering over to put them in front but Bangor stormed back with that Coffey score.

Andrew Shaw made ground and quick ball allowed Coffey to run through defenders from 50 metres out to score, for Ross McCloskey to add the points.

Grosvenor regained the lead with a Jonah McDowell penalty and proceeded to create a number of scoring opportunities but in difficult conditions they made too many handling mistakes.

After some end to end play Bangor claimed the winning score with a McCloskey penalty with five minutes remaining.

Their coach Kyle McCallan said: "Bangor came here as favourites and overall they may have been the better team at times but we gave them a good run.

"I am bitterly disappointed as in some ways I feel Bangor got out of jail on occasions.

"I wish them all the luck in the next round.

"All our players did well but if I had to name one then it would be Sam Purdon who was a colossus," he concluded.

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