Rangers beaten by Dungannon in seven goal thriller

An extra-time goal from Colin Cousins proved merely a consolation. INBL1532-221EB
An extra-time goal from Colin Cousins proved merely a consolation. INBL1532-221EB
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Banbridge Rangers took Dungannon Swifts Reserves to extra-time in the Bob Radcliffe Cup but ultimately lost 4-3.

Goals from Colin Cunningham, Neil Clydesdale and Colin Cousins were not enough to see the Gers triumph in this seven goal thriller.

Rangers were ahead at half-time but needed a stoppage time goal to take the tie into extra-time after Dungnanon Swifts had scored twice.

Colin Cunningham fired home from a tight angle after another rapier like pass from a Chambers free kick to make the score 1-0 to Banbridge Rangers after 28 minutes.

Dungannon equalised on the 50th minute with a somewhat disputed goal. There was some debate whether it crossed the line after a great save by Blevins.

Dungannon must have thought they had the game wrapped up after they scored in the 91st minute but a thunderbolt from Neil Clydesdale three minutes later took the tie into extra-time.

A speculative Dungannon effort form 40 yards found its way into the net in the 98th minute to put them 3-2 up.

The next goal was going to be crucial for the outcome of the match and Dungannon grabbed it 107th minute following a swift counter attack and a well taken finish.

Colin Cousins pulled one back for the Gers a minute later but it proved to be little more than a consolation.