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Game is perfect example of Mid Ulster football

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

A SMASHING game and advert for Mid Ulster football with two evenly matched sides going toe to toe, and both sides in the end had to settle for a point a piece.

Valley Rangers ...3
Hanover ...3

Hanover are Intermediate Cup semi finalists and play some attractive football, Valley showed courage to bounce back from last week's disappointing result.

Valley had the closest sight of goal in the early stages with McMath and Graham forcing the Hanover 'keeper into two good saves but on 10 minutes Hanover struck the first goal when forward Ashley Gregg scored a well-taken goal with a driven shot from the edge of the box.

Valley responded when captain Stuart Patterson scored a trademark headed goal from McMath's corner. Valley soon took the lead when McMath's speculative effort lobbed the 'keeper from 40 yards out.

Both teams maintained a high tempo with Hanover enjoying a spell of possession before Valley finished a lively half the stronger.

The second half continued in the same fashion with Valley going close on a number of occasions but Hanover had their chances with McVeigh alert in goal to save smartly on two occasions.

Valley felt they should have had a penalty when Graham was fouled by the Hanover 'keeper but the ref awarded a free on the edge of the box.

McCartney had a great game for Valley and he put in a dangerous cross but Ricky Graham agonisingly couldn't get a toe on it.

Hanover hit back through Scott McCullough's penalty for 2-2 but with minutes remaining Andy McCoy rifled home from the edge of the box to regain the lead for Valley 3-2.

With four minutes remaining Jamie Rooney rose highest to head home a late equaliser.

The drama wasn't finished as McMath crashed a free kick onto the bar, a scramble followed with the ball cleared off the line on three occasions.

Both sides got a point, probably fair given the even match. Dollingstown were held to a draw at home to St Mary's, as Valley move onto second in Intermediate A.

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