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Clarke strikes extra-time winner for ‘Straw

Sammy McKelvey shielding the ball against Dungiven

Ardstraw……2
Dungiven Celtic…1
(after extra-time)
 
SUBSTITUTE Adam Clarke swooped with an extra-time winner to send Ardstraw through to the semi-finals of the Northern Ireland Challenge Cup at Vaughan’s Holm last evening.
 
In the closing moments of the first period of overtime striker Robbie Godfrey skipped through only to be denied by Dungiven goalkeeper Kevin Dunne. The loose ball though broke perfectly into the path of Clarke who struck it first time across the keeper and inside the far post.
 
Clarke’s decisive strike now means Ardstraw will meet the winners of the quarter-final clash between Oxford United Stars and league champions Portstewart in the last four.
 
The home side bossed the tie in terms of possession, however they lacked creativity in the final third while at the other end they survived one or two scares during a two-hour marathon.
 
Gary Simpson’s men fell behind just 11 minutes in when Celtic striker Ciaran Lynch galloped down the right channel, cut inside his marker before curling the ball brilliantly inside Andrew Gailey’s far post.
 
The hosts levelled seven minutes before the interval. Following a good break on the left, Sammy McKelvey picked out William Donaghy just inside the box and the midfielder controlled before smashing a rising shot across Dunne and inside the far post.
 
Thereafter both sides had opportunities to win the tie before Clarke swooped with a precious  extra-time winner.

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