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Linden Cup success can fire us to league glory, says Bangor captain

Raphoe 0 Bangor 5

By Graham Hamilton

Bangor began the new year in style by landing the Linden Cup following a 5-0 success over Raphoe at Deramore yesterday afternoon.

Four second-half goals gave Scott Parker's side the initiative and sets them up nicely for a tilt at the Ulster Premier League title, as they are already sitting top of the table.

Parker lost three players who were ruled ineligible as they had played for Mossley in the Kirk Cup but his squad remained strong enough to grab the glory.

It was Simon Cox who broke the deadlock when he converted from a penalty corner variation in the 22nd minute.

They dominated the opening half but found the Co Donegal side defending well, with goalkeeper David Moore in particular in fine form.

But two goals in a minute early in the second period killed the game as a contest.

The first came from top scorer Ryan Burgess with a rasping shot on the reverse and Michael McCombe followed it up quickly from open play.

McCombe pounced again to make it 4-0 in the 54th minute and Burgess also got his second eight minutes from time when he converted a penalty stroke.

"What a way to start 2018," said Bangor coach Parker.

"We were pretty much in control and played some super hockey throughout."

Seasiders skipper Chris Campbell agreed: "It's a big bonus to pick up a trophy in mid-season and it will give us the confidence to maintain our challenge for league honours.

"We played very well and our success was richly deserved for the work we have put in this season, and now it's on to a big game against Kilkeel in the league on Saturday."

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