Cecil Corbett’s late strike left title-chasing Tandragee Rovers with derby delight on Saturday at the expense of St Mary’s.
Hopes of Mid-Ulster Intermediate League Section A success off the back of a Premier Cup trophy appeared set to finish in frustration.
However, substitute Corbett had the final say against spirited St Mary’s.
Mark Bicker fired wide inside the opening minute and another chance featured Jamie Rooney steering his header past the target.
Strong St Mary’s defending prevented Rooney from capping a surging run along the left with a spot on the scoresheet.
St Mary’s scrambled off the line in the second half when Jonny Black turned a loose ball goalwards.
The decisive moment arrived when a superb run by the dangerous Simon McClean ended with a pass which Corbett controlled with the right and converted off a left-foot drive.
“It was extremely frustrating to concede so late in the game,” said St Mary’s Gerry Fay. “We have played Tandragee a few times this season and Saturday proved, by far, our best performance against Rovers.
“It was a sucker-punch at the end of the match after doing so well overall.
“We got caught by a lack of concentration after keeping on top of the Rovers’ main dangermen for most of the match.
“There was a great work ethic in our side and we had a few chances, although Tandragee enjoyed more possession.”
TANDRAGEE ROVERS: Richard McGivern, Philip Pedlow, Jamie Rooney, Colin Bingham, Gary Whiteside, Gareth Dobbs, Jamie Uprichard, AJ Gallagher, Jonny Black, Mark Bicker, Simon McClean. Subs: Iain Latimer, Dean McCammon, Cecil Corbett, Lee Wells.