Fighting on all fronts

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BANGOR Football Club manager Lee Feeney is fighting on four fronts after a successful week for the Clandeboye Park club.
The Seasiders lead the way at the top of the Lough 41 Premier Intermediate League, while Feeney’s men are still in three different cup competitions; the Peaky Blinder Irish Cup, the McComb’s Travel Intermediate Cup and the Toals Steel & Sons Cup. Last Wednesday, a Ben Arthurs hat-trick sealed Bangor’s place in the semi-finals of the Steel & Sons Cup as they defeated Crewe United 4-0 at Clandeboye. The Yellows will play fellow PIL side Newington at Seaview in the semi-finals, on Tuesday 16 November. On Saturday, Bangor beat St James’ Swifts 2-0 in the third round of the Irish Cup. If they can defeat Amateur League 1B outfit Colin Valley, away from home, in the fourth round on Saturday 27 November, they will enter the fifth round draw alongside the likes of Glentoran and cup holders Linfield. On Tuesday night, Bangor were drawn at home to Larne Tech Old Boys in the second round of the Intermediate Cup, on Saturday 20 November. In the same round, Bangor Amateurs were drawn away to Desertmartin and Holywood were paired away to Dromara Village. Bangor Swifts
were disqualified from the competition, as they fielded an ineligible player in their first round win over Newcastle. Reflecting on a busy week for Bangor, manager Feeney said: “We are carrying a few knocks and there were a few unavailable for the Irish Cup game with St James’ Swifts, but the boys who stepped in were excellent. “I asked teenager Louis Blackstock to play out of position and he was absolutely
fantastic. It shows the trust I have in Louis and he took it all in his stride. “At times we had to battle and stand up to St James’ Swifts which we did right across the park. We were stubborn in how we stood up to them and earned the right to win. “I was an attacking player so am more used to wanting to score goals, but I am so so pleased at how we are defending at the minute. “We have become hard to beat and more
importantly difficult to score against and that is so pleasing. “We have kept four clean sheets out of our last five games – it’s only Cliftonville who have scored against us in the County Antrim Shield and they certainly didn’t find it easy to beat us and that says it all. “At the other end we did miss a glut of chances in front of goal. But it’s encouraging that we are creating so many chances. “We just need to share the load a bit more in attack. We can’t rely on Ben Arthurs or Michael Halliday to score all our goals. I was pleased for Kyle Woods to come back in from injury and get on the scoresheet in the Irish Cup. “We have attacking threat all over the pitch and have players getting into great positions, we just need to be a bit more clinical in taking those chances.” Bangor will set their cup runs to one side this weekend as they return to Premier Intermediate League action. The Seasiders travel to Ballyskeagh to take on a struggling Lisburn Distillery side (2pm). The Whites, who include former Bangor players Jordan Lucas and Chris Getty, find themselves at the foot of the PIL table. While Saturday’s opponents have enjoyed a run to the semi-finals of the Steel and Sons Cup, their Irish Cup campaign was abruptly ended by Amateur League side Greenisland in a shock 2-1 defeat.