Athletic edged out by Maiden City

Strabane’s Gary Henderson takes on Darren McCready

Strabane Athletic…1
Maiden City…2
STRABANE Athletic have had better weeks! Late on Thursday night the North Tyrone club announced that Neil Carlin had stepped down as first team manager and less than 48 hours later Athletic suffered extra-time heartache by losing to Maiden City in the semi-final of the Craig Memorial Cup at Spamount Playing Fields.
New boss Eamon Curry saw his charges put up a brave fight but a headed goal by visiting substitute PJ Ward proved decisive as City, and not Strabane, now look forward to a Boxing Day showdown with Portstewart.
Athletic proved a match for their opponents throughout and, after a rasping Conor Carlin strike had cancelled out Connor Loughery’s first half penalty – awarded for an alleged push by Richie Graham –  it looked like the hosts might just go on and win it.
However, towards the end of the 90 and in overtime City appeared to have the edge as Ward swooped to deliver the knockout blow.

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