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Monday 21 Jan 2019
Second half goals see Dollingstown safely through

Two second half goals helped Dollingstown defeat neighbours Hanover in the Match On Tuesday Intermediate Cup Third Round 'tie of the round' at the Brownstown Road Arena.

Despite damp and difficult conditions underfoot it didn’t take long for both teams to settle into an end-to-end game with Hanover testing Dollingstown 'keeper Stephen Croft on a number of occasions, although his opposite number Matthew Shortt had to be on his toes as well as both sides probed for the opening goal.

Dollingstown almost went in front in fortuitous circumstances after just eight minutes when Ryan Gourley's wicked cross was almost headed into his own net by a home defender, while Ryan Lawless created a couple of chances later in the half.

The second half kicked off at pace and, again, the pitch was played its part. Both teams pushed but there didn't seem to be a goal on the horizon.

However, that changed on the hour when Dollingstown substitute Richard Thompson found Glenn Hand unmarked inside the 18-yard box to fire a left-foot shot past Shortt at the near post.

Credit must be given to Hanover as they tried to draw level and again the Dollingstown keeper Croft was called into action to smother a shot on the base of his near post that had goal written all over it.

Another sub, David Gray, made sure of Dollingstown's win with just a minute of normal time remaining when he latched onto a cross from Hand to dispatch a powerful shot into the right corner of the net.