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Murray rescues North

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SAM MURRAY broke Sylvans' hearts and rescued a point with an 88th minute equaliser for North as the Stranger Cup group stage got going on the KGV 3G last night.

Sylvans, last winners of the old competition five years ago, led by a Matt Maggs goal netted in the 46th minute and looked like hanging on for a morale boosting victory until North forced a free-kick 20 yards out, Ollie McKenzie cracked his shot against Chris Mahy’s left hand post and Murray was quick to react and force home.

It was no more than the 20 times winners of the competition, inaugurated 114 years ago, deserved.

They had been the more dangerous side in the first half when Murray hit the base of the post and created some other good openings.

Joe Collenette was also just wide for a much-improved Sylvans in a game played at a fierce pace. But North, who last won the Stranger six years ago, would not be denied and will be relieved to have got something for their efforts.

Rob Batiste

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