TWO goals in the last three minutes ended Durham City’s hopes of reaching the last eight of the Evo-Stik Challenge Cup last night.
City held their own against Premier Division Bradford Park Avenue until the 72nd minute. After fighting back to claim an equaliser within nine minutes, their hopes rose but the visitors finished strongly.
Brice Tiani twice threatened in the early stages and Tom Greaves was close to a goal for Bradford but goalkeeper Lewis Graham managed to parry his effort.
Greaves missed an open goal but as play switched quickly from end to end, Andrew Stephenson twice caused consternation in the visitors’ defence.
Armar Purewal lost his footing at a crucial stage and his brother Arjun set up Thompson but Lamb was smartly off his line to concede a corner.
The deadlock was eventually broken in the 76th minute. City only half cleared an attack and Rob O’Brien struck with a clean strike from outside the box.
A magnificent crossfield pass by Thompson found Jack Pounder and he made no mistake from 10 yards to raise City’s hopes of causing a shock.
But then Andrew Stephenson was sent off for two yellow cards and Bradford took advantage – scoring twice in the final three minutes through Dave Heggarty and Greaves.
DURHAM CITY: L Graham. Ayre, Ayers, Harbord (Pounder), Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, E Graham, Stephenson, Dowson, Thompson, Amar Purewal.