Karl Rossborough earned a point for Celtic with a late penalty (Picture: Mervyn McClelland/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 29 October 2016
The match started at a fast pace and on four minutes nippy winger Gerard McMullan crossed low form the left, but midfielder Ben Mulgrew mistimed his shot to send the ball just wide of the foot of the right post from eight yards.
The game was end to end, with the left wingers on each - McMullan for Bangor and Kevin Hughes for Celtic both catching the eye - but goal chances were at a premium.
On 19 minutes McMullan's looping shot from the edge of the area took a deflection off a Celtic defender and visitors' keeper Sean McIlhone did well to push over the bar for a corner.
We had to wait 13 minutes for the next real chance when Bangor playmaker Barry Walsh's neat free kick from 18 yards found Mulgrew on the right who slipped the ball inside to McMullan but his drive from ten yards by a defender's outstretched foot.
Bangor carved out another chance on 38 minutes when Jordan Lucas' cross from the right was headed a couple of feet over from 15 yards by McMullan.
The home team continued to push up after the break with Lucas impressing and forced a series of corners, but the Celtic defence held firm. On the hour keeper McIlhone did well to hold a hard-hit waist high shot from ten yards after McMullan cut inside from the left.
Six minutes later Celtic striker Declan Monaghan ran through to fire a goal-bound drive from just inside the area, but home defender Gareth Beattie hacked the ball away.
On 68 minutes Celtic grabbed the lead with Niall Derry's unstoppable rising rocket of a free kick from 30 yards into the top left hand corner of the home goal.
The match burst into action after the goal when Bangor almost hit back with a 20 yard Walsh free kick which was comfortably held knee-high by McIlhone.
Three minutes later McMullan brought a brilliant reaction save from the 'keeper who dived to push the 20 yard drive round the foot of the left upright.
The equaliser came on 82 minutes from Ethan Knipe's corner as fellow substitute Ross Craig slammed home into the top right hand corner from ten yards.
Bangor went ahead on 88 minutes as Lucas' clever work in the area set up Dwaine Beattie to apply the vital touch to send the ball into the net from ten yards.
But Celtic did have time to grab a share of the spoils courtesy of a Karl Rossborough spot-kick, awarded after Michael Edgar had brought down a Celtic right-back in the box.
Bangor: Gibbons, G. Beattie, Calvert, Edgar, Long, Mulgrew, Lucas, B. Walsh, Patton, D. Beattie, McMullan subs Widdowson (not used), McGrath (not used), Justin (replaced Patton 90+1), Knipe (replaced Mulgrew 71), Craig (replaced G. Beattie 80)
Donegal Celtic: McIlhone, Conway, Curtis, Feher, Southam, Rossborough, Derry, Monaghan, Brown, Hughes, Munce subs Conlon (replaced Hughes 73), Rayner (not used), McVarnock (not used), McAuley (not used)
Referee: Gareth Stewart
|Dale Patton||90 +1|
|Dean Justin||90 +1|