Thornbury’s late show as ’Vale secure victory at Bourneview

Chris Lappin (right) battling for possession with Bourneview Mill's Mark Smith during Laurelvale's win at Pepperton Park. Pic by Phil Ray.

Chris Lappin (right) battling for possession with Bourneview Mill's Mark Smith during Laurelvale's win at Pepperton Park. Pic by Phil Ray.

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Gareth Thornbury capped a cameo appearance with a decisive deflected strike as Laurelvale edged clear in Saturday’s seven-goal derby date at Bourneview Mill.

Thornbury popped up with the final talking point of the thrilling Mid-Ulster Intermediate League Section B clash at Pepperton Park.

Stephen Whitten’s first goal since returning to Laurelvale handed the visitors an early lead off the penalty spot, with a superb Simon Foster free-kick another highlight for the Villagers.

Jack McClelland’s composed control and measured volley from the edge of the penalty area served as a another Laurelvale plus.

On an afternoon of memorable goals, the major moment arrived off a deflection.

Laurelvale suffered a red card early in the second half, with the Mill men also reduced to 10 late on.

“It was a good win for us, we looked sharp from the start,” said Laurelvale boss Mark Robinson. “At 10 men we were under pressure and looking to counter-attack.”

An own goal, Kyle Abraham effort and Geoff Neill finish provided the Bourneview appearances on the scoresheet.

“It was tough, with the pitch heavy,” said Bourneview Mill manager Mark Jackson. “We got it back to 3-3 from 3-1 down so it was tough to concede such a late deflection.”

BOURNEVIEW MILL: Andrew Neill, Ross McDonald, Mark Smith, Thomas McClelland, Dale Compton, Gary Hill, Stephen Elliott, Mark Boyce, Jeff McClure, Kyle Abraham, Geoff Neill. Subs: Scott McCrory, Andrew Weir, Dean Currie.

LAURELVALE: Ashleigh Gracey, Gareth McIlwaine, Adam Pearson, Jim Wilson, Neil Sinton, Simon Foster, Stephen Whitten, Chris Lappin, Jack McClelland, Brendan Connolly, David Sinton. Subs: Gareth Thornbury, Mark Dane, David McGuigan.