Bangor 5s made the long journey to Raphoe in County Donegal and were blessed with an uncharacteristically hot sunny day.
The game turned out to be a bit of a mis-match as the home team fielded several 1st XI players who play in the Premier League.
However, Bangor battled throughout and can be proud of large chunks of the game.
Raphoe had the early pressure and were rewarded with two goals although both were scrappy. Bangor had several counter attacks and circle penetrations but failed to turn these into goals. The visitors grew in confidence and pressed the game leading to a goal from Thompson with an aerial defection.
Half-time: Raphoe 2 Bangor 1
Bangor played really well at the start of the second half and were rewarded with 3 corners. Parker almost scored but his shot went over the legal height of the backboard. Ironically, Raphoe broke away and scored their third when a block fell right to their stick. Their fourth came from a corner following a reckless Bangor tackle in the 25. Again the ball broke kindly to to a Raphoe player who pushed the ball into the Bangor goal. Bangor were rewarded when another penalty corner was deflected high into the Raphoe goal by Blackwood from a Parker pass.
Bangor’s spirits were lifted but two basic passing errors in quick succession, both within the Raphoe half, led to two more counter attacking Raphoe goals.
Final Score: Raphoe 6 Bangor 2