Rampart make stunning comeback to reach first Clancy Cup final
Rampart Celtic made a stunning comeback against Redeemer Celtic at Sandy Lane last night to advance to their first Clancy Cup final on penalties.
Rampart had been trailing 4-0 at half-time but fought back bravely to claim a 5-5 draw before winning a dramatic shoot-out 6-5.
Redeemer had looked to be in the driving seat from an early stage with Kevin McCormack firing them ahead after just two minutes.
Rampart’s hopes then suffered a huge blow when they lost Paul Gray to a leg injury which required him to be hospitalised.
Redeemer continued to dominated and went 2-0 up courtesy of Thomas Daly’s seventh goal of the season after they had twice rattled the woodwork.
Mark Ed Colts then made it 3-0 on the half hour mark before Andy McDermott dispatched a penalty on the stroke of half-time to give Fra Trimble’s side a 4-0 lead at the break.
Rampart refused to throw in the towel and a minute into the second half Eedrif Akinade slotted him for Ciaran Pickering’s side to make it 4-1.
Within five minutes David Murphy then found the roof of Kyle Murphy’s net to really ignite the Rampart comeback.
Lee Wright then made it 4-3 with a well taken goal on 59 minutes before Rampart drew level four minutes later with a rock from Anthony Lines.
Lines then put his side ahead on 66 minutes with a header.
Just when they appeared beaten Redeemer equalised with 20 minutes to go courtesy of a stunning Ryan McDonald free kick.
Both sides had chances to snatch a winner late on but it failed to materialise with penalties the outcome. In the end Rampart Celtic held their nerve to win the shoot-out 6-5 to advance to their first Clancy Cup final.
They will meet Bellurgan Utd in the final at Clancy Park this Saturday after they beat Quay Celtic in the other semi-final 3-1 in Clancy Park.
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