Burke adds bite to Bangor
A Barry Burke brace coupled with a defensive performance of guts and bravery proved to be the winning combination for Bangor Celtic to land their second trophy in three days as they claimed Noel Ryan Cup.
Forty-eight hours previously the Celts had claimed the Cahill Cup, but on Friday night at FrankCooke Park John Scott's outfit made it doubles all around as they got the better of Tolka Rovers on their own patch.
Burke netted a goal in either half to give the Celts a healthy lead going into a tiring last twenty minutes, a final quarter in which Tolka threw everything they had at Stephen Conlon's goal.
The Celts, though, must have been flicking through the Richard Dunne guide to last ditch defending as the Terry Gleeson marshalled defence put their bodies on the line to protect their precious lead and become the second name on the newest trophy in the LSL.
Bangor showed no ill effects of their Cahill Cup exploits as they shot out of the blocks and Paul Devlin went close to opening the scoring in the first five minutes only for Noel Murray to clear the effort off the line.
Celtic had the better of the opening exchanges and after 21 minutes they went in front. A Joseph Courtney set piecehad Rovers struggling to clear and Gareth Logan was forced to take the ball off the line. The midfielder's clearance landed at the feet of Burke, who returnedthe ball with interest as he blasted home from just inside the area.
Paul Ryan dragged a shot pass the upright soon after the opener, just after the break Peter Rogers headed a Logan free kick wide of the post and Conlon then produced a brilliant double block to keep out Carl Somers and Mark O'Neill as Rovers turned the screw.
Celtic,though, lifted the siege and went down the far end of the pitch to double their advantage just after the hour mark. Burke was again causing all the problems, this time dragging off to the back post to powerfully head home Courtney's corner.
Tolka laid siege on the Celtic goal in the last quarter, but whatever Jason Kelly's men could throw at them Bangor batted back. Rogers and Logan went close, but the Celts defenders put their bodies in where it hurts to ensure that the double didn't slip from their grasp.
BANGOR CELTIC: Stephen Conlon; Ian Roche, Paul Gannon, Terry Gleeson, Barry Burke, Mark Cullen, Brian Mooney, David Freeman, Eoin Lanigan, Paul Devlin, Joseph Courtney. SUBS: Ronan Byrne (for Courtney 65mins); Ian Nolan (for Devlin 75mins); Noel McNally (for Lanigan 86mins); Thomas Kenny, Hussain Yazdani, Cormac Doolin, Philip Fahy.
TOLKA ROVERS: Morgan Cranley; Anthony Doyle, Stephen Costello, Noel Murray, Mark Holohan, David Somers, Mark O'Neill, Gareth Logan, Paul Ryan, Peter Rogers, Carl Somers. SUBS: Shane Hughes (for Ryan 62mins); Glen Campbell (for Somers 78mins); Alan McDermott (for Holohan 82mins), Keith Hanna, Brian Fitzpatrick, Darragh Daly, Alan Cosgrave.
Referee: Brendan Shortt.