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Parr the hero as Rathfriland win shootout to lift Bob Radcliffe

 

Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

A dramatic Bob Radcliffe Cup final saw Rathfriland Rangers win a penalty shootout to emerge victorious after a 1-1 draw with Dungannon Swifts Reserves at Stangmore Park.

Not only did Rathfriland have to hold their nerve in the dreaded shootout, they also had to come from behind late on after falling behind with just seven minutes remaining.

Shea Conway had put Dungannon ahead with what looked like the winning goal, only for Daryl Evans to power home a header just a minute later to level it up and send the final into extra-time.

After the two sides couldn't be separated in the additional half an hour, it was goalkeeper Jonathan Parr who become the hero of the story as he saved two of the Swifts penalties to hand the Rangers a 4-2 win in the shoot-out.

It could be a successful festive season for Rathfriland, who will hope to complete the double in the Border Cup final on New Year's Day when they take on Ballynahinch Olympic.

Meanwhile, Portstewart won the Craig Memorial Cup for the third time in the club's history with John Watt's goal giving them a 1-0 victory over Moyola Park in the final at Fortwilliam Park.

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