BANGOR CITY MATCH REPORTS 2008-09
MATCH REPORT ARCHIVE










51
5 MAY 2009
 Bangor City 2 v O Aberystwyth Town
The Welsh Cup

 
GOALSCORERS
 Les Davies
 Christian Seargeant

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Aberystwyth Town

1
Paul Smith





Dave Roberts
1
2
Dave Swanick





Sion James
2
3
Peter Hoy





Kristian James
3
4
Michael Johnston





Aneurin Thomas
4
5
Jamie Brewerton





Christian Edwards
5
6
Kieran Killackey





Robert Evans
6
7
Marc Limbert




Chris Venables
7
8
Michael Walsh





Bari Morgan
8
9
Les Davies





Graham Evans
9
10
Christian Seargeant




Gareth Hughes
10
11
Sion Edwards





Geoff Kellaway
11
12
Martin Beattie (72) for 11 Edwards




Tom Bradshaw (55) for 9 Evans 12
14
Clive Williams (82) for 9 Davies





Andy Evans (80) for 6 Evans
14
15
Paul McManus (89) for 6 Killackey





Colin Reynolds (86) for 3 James
15
 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 White & Green



    Bangor retained the Welsh Cup for the first time in more than a hundred years of trying by defeating Aberystwyth at Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli on Bank Holiday Monday.  The all important goals came from Les Davies and Christian Seargeant.
    After the early exchanges Bangor took control and kept a grip on proceedings for much of the afternoon.  There was an early scare though when Les Davies was forced off with a knee injury inside five minutes and seemed set to be replaced before the big left footer gave manager Nev Powell the thumbs up and re-entered the fray.
    Bangor forced the early pace and Kieran Killackey saw his low drive flash wide after Peter Hoy's cross was headed out to the edge of the box by Aneurin Thomas. Aber broke from a second Hoy cross but Michael Johnston snuffed out the threat. On the quarter hour mark a series of three corners and a couple of long throws ended with Sion Edwards firing over from ten yards.
   On 21 minutes City had the ball in the net - Peter Hoy won a high ball and Christian Seargeant headed home - but Referee Jones disallowed what looked a perfectly good goal for a non existent foul on 'keeper Dave Roberts. By this time the Bangor midfield of Limbert, Walsh, Killackey and Edwards was winning the 50-50 challenges.
   On 25 minutes a freekick on the left from Sion Edwards was headed on by Les Davies but Christian Seargeant headed off target.  But any complacency that might have been felt by the blue support was shaken when Robert Evans hit the post from ten yards with Paul Smith beaten.  Five minutes later a fifth Bangor corner - won by Christian Seargeant - was cleared for Aber to won their first flag kick taken by Kellaway and eventually headed wide by Chris Venables.
   With less than a minute on the clock Bangor won a freekick on the left. Marc Limbert delivered and Les Davies rose highest to head over Roberts and the covering defenders for a vital lead. Kellaway flashed goalwards for Aber, won a corner, but City cleared easily. Aber came back and Kellaway rounded Dave Swanick but City's rightback did enough to force his rising drive off target. Referee Jones blew and the tea and biscuits beckoned.
HALF TIME  1-0
   With less than four minutes gone after the restart Sion James hesitated, Les Davies pounced, and squared the ball near post where Christian Seargeant turned smartly to clip the ball through Christian Edwards and beyond Dave Roberts for the all important second goal.
   Moments later there was a chance for a third.  Marc Limbert's deep cross from the left was fired over by Jamie Brewerton from the right.  Ten minutes into the second period Chris Venables was carded for a foul on Paul Smith before Aberystwyth sent on 16 year old Shrewsbury Town trialist Tom Bradshaw for Graham Evans. Within a minute Les Davies was also carded for a sliding tackle on Aneurin Thomas with whom he had enjoyed a tit for tat battle.
   On the hour Aber won a corner on the right but Aneurin Thomas headed well over. A neat passing move on the left resulted in Geoff Kellaway - who struggled to make any impact - hitting the side netting. Kellaway rose to the challenge with an incisive run into the Bangor box but Michael Johnston slid in with a perfectly timed block. 
   With twenty minutes remaining Bari Morgan slid in young Bradshaw but he blasted the shot at Paul Smith and the chance was gone.  City responded by replacing Sion Edwards with Martin Beattie who slotted in on the left with Peter Hoy moving infield. As the last ten minutes came into focus Les Davies made way for teenager Clive Williams. After a spell of defence City pushed up field and Martin Beattie's pass found Christian Seargeant who forced a full length save out of Roberts.
   Two minutes from time the hugely impressive Kieran Killackey limped off for Paul McManus who was quickly into the action. Aber sent Aneurin Thomas upfront with Kellaway and Bradshaw but Hoy, Johnston and Brewerton dealt with the danger. Four minutes of added time emerged, Dave Roberts booted and Thomas headed high over.  Bangor stood firm and celebrated loudly when Mr Jones finally whistled and confirmed the victory.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Christian Seargeant
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Aneurin Thomas
   REFEREE:  Huw Jones
  ATTENDANCE:  1244 (Parc Y Scarlets)


50
25 APRIL 2009
Newtown 1 v 3 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
 Craig Moses

COLOURS
 Red


Newtown





Bangor City

1
Dave Jones





Kyle Williams
1
2
Craig Williams





Matt Sargent
2
3
Tyrone McFadden





Martin Beattie
3
4
Shane Sutton





Peter Hoy
4
5
Danny Jellicoe





Jamie Brewerton
5
6
Andy Thomas





Christian Seargeant
6
7
Richard Evans





Marc Limbert
7
8
Craig Hutchinson





Mike Walsh
8
9
Adam Worton





Kev Lloyd
9
10
Craig Moses




Paul McManus
10
11
Nicky Ward





Caio Iwan
11
12
Neil Mitchell (54) for 7 Evans





John Owen (46 for 8 Walsh 12
14
Chris Carroll (65) for 11 Ward





Guto Hughes (77) for 9 Lloyd 14
15
Kieron Groves (77) for 2 Williams





Dylan Roberts (54) for 7 Limbert
15
16
Shane Swanton





Michael Johnston
16







Les Davies
17
 
GOALSCORERS
 Marc Limbert
 Paul McManus
 John Owen

COLOURS
 Blue & White

  What turned out to be an uplifting win in difficult circumstances was secured by a youthful City wide who wore the blue shirt with pride.
  There was a core of experience with the outstanding Peter Hoy dominant alongside big Jamie Brewerton.  And when tested - as he was in the first half in particular - young 'keeper Kyle Williams was also up to the challenge.
   Newtown had the better of the early exchanges and might have gone ahead when Craig Moses raced clearl but goalkeeper Williams saved with his feet. The corner - Newtown's third - was punched clear emphatically by the Penyfford youngster.  On the half hour the troublesome Moses was in again but his goalbound chip was cleared by a retreating Martin Beattie. From the corner Danny Jellicoe rose highest but headed over.
   City won a corner which Jamie Brewerton headed off taget but moments later the home side were on the attack again with another raid led by Moses which Kyle Williams did well to snuff out.  Bangor's closest effort came from Marc Limbert whose shot was blocked after good build up play on the right involving Matt Sargent and Kev Lloyd.  Bangor's best moments came when Mike Walsh passed the ball around but overall The Robins defence was not troubled enough to satisfy Nev Powell.
   On 34 minutes Newtown deservedly went ahead.  Adam Worton and Craig Hutchinson combined in midfield to supply Nicky Ward whose first time ball released Craig Moses.  He ran past Matt Sargent, saw his initial effort blocked by Williams, but kept his cool to slot home from close range despite a last ditch attempted clearance by Sargent.
   Two minutes later a second Bangor corner and loud penalty appeals - what seemed to just about everyone a blatant handball by Worton - but nothing doing.  Five minutes before the interval Peter Hoy's long throw from the right prompted a goalbound effort from Marc Limbert which dipped for Paul McManus to fire wide.
HALF TIME 1-0
   Before the restart 16 year old John Owen replaced midfielder Mike Walsh in a reshuffle which saw Paul McManus switch to the left wing and Christian Seargeant move into centre midfield.  It worked like a charm!  Within a minute of the kick off Kev Lloyd combined with Marc Limbert on the left and his low drive beat Dave Jones when perhaps the 'keeper should have done better.
   Two minutes later substitute John Owen hit the post after a telling cross from Marc Limbert on the right. On 53 minutes a rash challenge by Nicky Ward on captain Limbert in front of the Bangor dugout earned the former Wrexham striker the only yellow card of the afternoon.  The resulting freekick was headed on by Kev Lloyd but lifted over by Paul McManus at full stretch.
   Moments later a double change saw Dylan Roberts replace Marc Limbert and Neil Mitchell come on for Richard Evans.  With Matt Sargent lining up alongside Christian Seargeant in midfield young Roberts slotted in confidently at rightback.
   Five minutes later City had the lead.  Kev Lloyd controlled Seargeant's forward pass on the right and turned smartly before sending over a low cross which John Owen cleverly left for Paul McManus to side foot home in style.  The former Chester striker grew visibly as the game went on and ran fullback Adam Worton ragged.
   Newtown responded through their chief threat Craig Moses but his rising drive hit the trees at the carpark end.  On 65 minutes Nicky Ward was replaced by Chris Carroll.  Shane Sutton sent a 30 yarder on target but Kyle Williams saved comfortably. With twenty minutes remaining Craig Williams charged into the Bangor box but Matt Sargent flew in with a brave block.
  Bangor went hunting a third and Caio Iwan saw his close range effort fly over atter Christian Seargeant and John Owen had created the opening.  John Owen combined well with Paul McManus to carve open the home defence but Dave Jones did well to gather Christian Seargeant's fifteen yarder at the second attempt.
   Seargeant and Peter Hoy - who was outstanding at the back for Bangor - both went close before two more changes on 79 minutes.  Another debutant for Bangor in the form of Guto Hughes replaced Kev Lloyd and for Newtown Kieron Groves for Craig Williams.
   The third and final goal came immediately after.  Matt Sargent's throw in was flicked on by Paul McManus for Christian Seargeant who chased down the right.  His goalbound effort deflected off goalkeeper Jones and invited the calmest of close range headers from sixteen year old John Owen who confirmed the reputation won with the young reserves.
  Neil Mitchell might have closed the gap in injury time but it mattered not as referee Tregonning blew for time and City's young side celebrated a deserved win against a near full strength Newtown.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Peter Hoy
   MoM OPPOSITION
   Craig Moses
   REFEREE:  Wayne Tregonning
ATTENDANCE:  240



49
18 APRIL 2009
 Bangor City 1 v 1 Prestatyn Tn
WELSH PREMIER

 
GOALSCORERS
 Michael Walsh

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Prestatyn Tn

1
Paul Smith





John Dunt
1
2
Dave Swanick





Andy Davies
2
3
Martin Beattie





Jack Lewis
3
4
Michael Johnston





Dave Hayes
4
5
Peter Hoy





Jamie Duffy
5
6
Kieran Killackey





Russ Jones
6
7
Paul McManus




Steve Harris
7
8
Michael Walsh





Neil Gibson
8
9
Les Davies





Mike Parker
9
10
Clive Williams





Ian Griffiths
10
11
Christian Seargeant





Steve Hoult
11
12
Marc Limbert  (74) for 2 Swanick




Ross Hannen
12
14
Matt Sargent (64) for 7 McManus





Gareth Davies
14
15
Caio Iwan (16) for 4 Johnston




Alex Williams (71) for 9 Parker
15
16






Karl Murray (77) for 7 Harris
16
17






Chris Davies

 
GOALSCORERS
 Neil Gibson

COLOURS
 Red



    A brusing encounter with struggling Prestatyn left City counting the cost as three key players left the field with injuries, incuding one carried off in the dying minutes.
   Attacking the St Pauls End, into a stiff breeze, Prestatyn forged the first opening as robust striker Ian Griffiths raced on goal but was denied by a well timed tackle from Michael Johnston who ran across from the left.  Moments later Les Davies was injured in a challenge by Dave Hayes which earned the defender a yellow card - the only one shown to his side by lenient referee Paul Thomas.
   On the quarter hour City could have done better when Les Davies charged to the left of the box but his intended square pass for Clive Williams drifted behind the Penygroes youngster and his delayed shot struck the burly Dunt's midrift.  Johnston had not recovered from his earlier challenge and limped off on 18 minutes to be replaced by Caio Iwan, with the versatile Williams switching to centreback alongside Peter Hoy.
   City won a couple of corners at the Farrar End, the second of which saw Paul McManus lash over from eighteen yards.  Town responded with another run from Ian Griffiths but his shot was lacked power and Paul Smith saved comfortably.  On the half hour Peter Hoy sent in a long throw from the right, Paul McManus snatched at his shot and Mike Walsh fired high over the bar.
   Caio Iwan unsettled the visitors defence with a good run but a misunderstanding on the right ended the danger.  On 39 minutes Ciyt had the lead.  Another long throw from Peter Hoy was headed on at the near post by Les Davies and nodded beyond Dunt by Mike Walsh from six yards out.
   In the closing minute a repeat effort - this time the throw from the left - saw Walsh force a superb one handed save from Dunt whose movement defies his bulky appearance. After two minutes of added time referee Thomas blew a whistle most fans struggled to hear throughout and both sides left the field in bright sunshine with City leading by a solitary goal.
HALF TIME  1-0
   The first moment of the second half saw Peter Hoy flattened by Griffiths who lunged in from several yards.  Again the leniency of referee Thomas - however well intended - was proving costly to Bangor.
   On 50 minutes the scores were level.  Steve Hoult drew a mistimed challenge from the hugely promising Williams and might have had a penalty.  Play on - and Prestatyn did - as player manager Neil Gibson shot on goal, saw his shot take a wicked deflection and float into the Bangor net.
   Bangor won a corner which was half cleared to Kieran Killackey but his shot sailed over Dunt's bar.  Ian Griffiths continued to press and a mistimed challenge by Martin Beattie saw a freekick delivered by Gibons but cleared by Killackey.  Bangor's most potent attacking threat was Christian Seargeant playing down the left.  His run ended in a fifth corner headed on target by young Clive Williams but held by Dunt.
   On the hour Peter Hoy sent in a trademark long throw which Les Davies headed on but Paul McManus - who in fairness to the eighteen year old seemed to be trying too hard at times - lashed over. Seconds later Davies slid a ball through on the right for McManus but he pulled his shot across goal. Five minutes later he made way for nineteen year old Matt Sargent.
   The game was now very open with both sides looking for a winner.  Christian Seargeant and Ian Griffiths both prominent as the game switched end to end. With twenty minutes to go Alex Williams replaced the lanky but anonymous Parker who appeared to have injured himself.  Christian Seargeant slid a ball in near post to Les Davies on the left but his shot lacked power and Dunt was on hand.
   With fifteen minute to go Dave Swanick limped off and Marc Limbert slotted in at rightback. Substitute Williams ran through but fired well over from long range before Karl Murrary - who had scored in the match at Bastion Road - came on for Steve Harris.  On ninety minutes City won a seventh and final corner which resulted in a harsh tackle from behind on Les Davies which resulted in the big striker being stretched off and some unkind words spoken by player manager Gibson and his well fed goal keeper.  Nonetheless the final whistle blew on a fair result overall and one celebrated by the visitors given that relegation had been avoided - perhaps they knew Caerws has lost.
 MoM BANGOR CITY
  Christian Seargeant
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Ian Griffiths
   REFEREE: Paul Thomas
  ATTENDANCE:  324



48
13 APRIL 2009
 Bangor City 1 v 1 Caernarfon Tn
WELSH PREMIER

 
GOALSCORERS
 Kev Lloyd

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Caernarfon Tn

1
Paul Smith





Lee Guinion
1
2
Peter Hoy





Kieran Molyneux
2
3
Martin Beattie





James Glendenning
3
4
Michael Johnston





Peter Smith
4
5
Clive Williams





Michael Jackson
5
6
Kieran Killackey





Tom Grice
6
7
Marc Limbert




Neil Carroll
7
8
Michael Walsh





Khyle Sampson
8
9
Les Davies





Ashley Ruane
9
10
Kev Lloyd





Daley Korie
10
11
Sion Edwards





Paul Rudkin
11
12
Andy Mitchell  (55) for 10 Lloyd




Andrew Jackson
12
14
Paul McManus (46) for 6 K'llackey





Ian Dawes
14
15
Dave Swanick





Mike Garritty
15
16
Matt Sargent






16
17
John Owen (89) for 11 Edwards







 
GOALSCORERS
 Tom Grice

COLOURS
 Yellow & Green



    Welsh Cup finalists Bangor shared the spoils with doomed Caernarfon before a crowd of some 500, around half of what might have been expected over the original Christmas period date.
   With only on Caernarfon lad on the pitch it was probably inevitable that he would be involved in the action.  So it was on 22 minutes that a ball forward from Martin Beattie provoked a mishit clearance from Kieran Molyneux which found Les Davies on the edge of the Canaries box.  He slid in Kevin Lloyd who beat the resolute Lee Guinion from fifteen yards to the delight of the Farrar End who celebrated loudly behind Guinion's goal.
   The Merseyside contingent have fought with spirit all season, but as in the case have been repeatedly undone by terrible defending.  Spurred on by the gifted Tom Grice they forced Paul Smith to save from Ashley Ruane's header from the left.  City bounced back with a trademark Peter Hoy long throw, Les Davies upsetting the visitors defence and Kieran Killackey lashing a volley over from fifteen yards.
  Sion Edwards saw a goalbound effort strike a defender whilst Kev Lloyd, enjoying an outing against his former club, fired wide from 25 yards as he sought a second goal.
  But the Canaries fought back and drew level some five minutes before the interval.  A defensive lapse on half way saw the ball run to nineteen year old Tom Grice who ran some twenty five yards before beating Paul Smith with a fierce strike which crashed into the roof of the St Pauls net. The former England Schoolboy cap has been the stand out player for the strugglers all season and seems destined for better things.
   Half time then and all square at Farrar Road.
HALF TIME  1-1
   Before the restart Bangor replaced the hard working Kieran Killackey with young Paul McManus, but a second change ten minutes later was of more concern.  Goalscoring striker Kev Lloyd suffered a neck injury and was seen to leave the ground in an ambulance.  His place was taken by Andy Mitchell.
   Both sides had chances to snatch all three points.  James Glendenning found Tom Grice on the edge of the box but this time his clean strike hit the crossbar.  Then Marc Limbert crossed from the left but Les Davies headed wide from infront of goal.
   In the closing minutes a long ball forward from Marc Limbert caused confusion in the visitors defence, Lee Guinion found himself on no mans land on the edge of the box, but Paul McManus fired into the side netting as the angle finally got the better of him on the left.
   With time running out manager Nev Powell gave sixteen year old striker John Owen his WP debut in place of Sion Edwards, and the Bangor born youngster went close to adding to his impressive tally at reserve level but could not find the net.
   So all square, the visitors awaiting their fate - there could still be no club relegated - and City looking forward to a second successive Welsh Cup Final.  Manager Powell would have to wait for news on injury victims Lloyd and Edwards, and negotiate tricky end of season games with Prestatyn and then at Newtown.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Kev Lloyd
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Tom Grice
   REFEREE: Kevin Parry
  ATTENDANCE: 


47
11 APRIL 2009
 Bangor City 2 v 1 Bridgend Town
The Welsh Cup

 
GOALSCORERS
 Christian Seargeant
 Kieran Killackey

COLOURS
 Yellow


Bangor City





Bridgend Town

1
Paul Smith





Brendan Cropley
1
2
Dave Swanick





Geraint Frowen
2
3
Peter Hoy





Scott Hillman
3
4
Michael Johnston





Kieran Stone
4
5
Jamie Brewerton





Brian Showderry
5
6
Christian Seargeant





Harrison Kingston
6
7
Marc Limbert




Hayden Fleming
7
8
Michael Walsh





Carl Jenkins
8
9
Les Davies





Raith Plant
9
10
Paul McManus





Ramir Outlow
10
11
Sion Edwards





Dale Raven
11
12
Kieran Killackey  (73) for 9 McM's




Antony Waters (87) for 10 O'low 12
14
Martin Beattie (87) for 11 Edwards





Tony Wallis (87)  for 8 Jenkins
14
15
Clive Williams





Lloyd Evans
15
 
GOALSCORERS
 Ramir Outlow

COLOURS
 Blue & Maroon



   Welsh Cup holders Bangor City reached the 2009 Final with a 2-1 defeat of Welsh League opponents Bridgend Town at Park Avenue, and later found out they would face Aberystwyth in that decisive play off.
   On a bright sunny afternoon City boss Nev Powell opted for Paul McManus upfront alongside the Maesgeirchen colossus Les Davies. But it was the underdogs from South Wales who struck first after launching a high speed counter attack.  City were attacking the Dias Stand, a long throw from the left was cleared amid cries for a penalty.  Nothing doing from Referee Lee Evans who kept pace with former Cwmbran striker Raith Plant as he chased down the left.  At the vital moment Plant slipped but this seemed to wrongfoot the Bangor defence.  Plant regained his composure if not his feet to cross invitingly for Ramir Outlow to side foot home from ten yards. 
   With the opening goal times at 18 minutes it was less than sixty seconds later that Bangor levelled.  Les Davies won a free kick on the left, close to the corner flag.  Marc Limbert picked out Christian Seargeant on the edge of the D and his low shot beat the diving Cropley inside the righthand post.
   The Welsh League side had Paul Smith at full stretch as Dale Raven, once of Newtown, sent a dipping volley arrowing into the top right hand corner from some thirty yards.  But the former Connahs Quay custodian palmed over at full stretch and the danger passed.
   Bangor won a freekick on the right and, from Marc Limbert's pinpoint delivery, Les Davies headed powerfully against the very middle of the crossbar with Cropley well beaten. Half time than an all square, with both sides contributing to an entertaining match at sunny Park Avenue.
HALF TIME  1-1
   There were no changes at the interval, five minutes on Dale Raven was shown the yellow card by Referee Evans, the first of the afternoon. 
   On 69 minutes the second - and final - yellow of the afternoon was shown to Christian Seargeant.  Then four minutes later the first substitution as Kieran Killackey replaced Paul McManus. Two minutes later City won a throw on the left, propelled rocket style by Peter Hoy into the six yard area. Two Town defenders struggled to clear but managed only to scramble the ball to the edge of the box where sub Kieran Killackey was on hand to drive home, low if not hard.
  City went close to doubling their lead when Sion Edwards robbed Harrison Kingston and crossed for Les Davies, but as he struggled to push the ball out of his feet Scott Hillman slid in and did enough to force the big striker to shoot wide.
   With three minutes on the clock came three changes, Martin Beattie on for Sion Edwards, and Bridgend pair Waters and Wallis coming on for goalscorer Outlow and Jenkins.
   In the final moments of added time Bridgend won a corner which Dale Raven crossed high but Paul Smith rose highest of all to gather comfortably and Referee Evans whistled for time.  Bangor celebrated, Bridgend looked dejected, but they had played a full part in close fought game which had to end with winners and losers.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Les Davies
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Dale Raven
   REFEREE:  Lee Evans
  ATTENDANCE:  361 (PARK AVENUE)


46
5 APRIL 2009
 Bangor City 0 v 2 TNS
Loosemores Cup

 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





TNS

1
Paul Smith





Paul Harrison
1
2
Dave Swanick





Barry Hogan
2
3
Peter Hoy





Tommy Holmes
3
4
Michael Johnston





Phil Baker
4
5
Jamie Brewerton





Steve Evans
5
6
Kieran Killackey





John Leah
6
7
Marc Limbert




Scott Ruscoe
7
8
Michael Walsh





Alex Darlington
8
9
Les Davies





Matt Berkerley
9
10
Christian Seargeant




John McKenna
10
11
Sion Edwards





Connal Murtagh
11
12
Andy Mitchell  (82) for 4 Johnston




John Toner
12
14
Paul McManus (73) for 11 Ed'rds





Duane Courtney
14
15
Martin Beattie





Craig Whitfield
15
16
Kevin Lloyd (73) for 2 Swanick




Eric Ramsay 16
17
Clive Williams





Ashley Jones
17
 
GOALSCORERS
 John Leah
 Connal Murtagh

COLOURS
 Green & White



    An early penalty for TNS and a red card for their itinerant striker Matthew Berkerley were the two talking points after this cup final was won by the full timers at Latham Park, Newtown.
   Bangor had the better of a lacklustre opening ten minutes but could not force Paul Harrison into action.  With their first foray forwards TNS won a corner which resulted in Steve Evans throwing his sizeable frame to the ground after contact from Jamie Brewerton. Penalty.  Up stepped long serving midfielder John Leah who converted with ease to put the Park Hall side ahead.
   The penalty was perhaps generous but the next fifteen minutes passed with little incident before Marc Limbert sent a high free kick into the TNS box which Les Davies met strongly but his header was too close to Harrison.  On the half hour the best move of the game began with a long throw from Peter Hoy, delivered down the left touchline.  Christian Seargeant controlled and played a clever pass to Sion Edwards whose cross was headed on by Les Davies.  Mike Walsh headed goalwards but could not get the better of the former Southport stopper.
   Les Davies fired a shot over the crossbar before, with five minutes remaining, the well travelled Berkerley raced goalwards from the left but could not beat Paul Smith with his low drive.  Moments later though Referee Southall consulted his assistant before showing the red card to Berkerley for a clash with Michael Johnston which left the young defender flat on his back.
   With added time there were still some five minutes to be played out and Bangor had the momentum.  The turning point came in those closing minutes when Sion Edwards ran into the box from the left, bewlidering rightback Hogan. The ball ran into the path of Les Davies whose trademark cannonball shot rattled the crossbar but fell safely for TNS. There was still time for a Bangor corner won by Christian Seargeant but headed off target by Jamie Brewerton.
HALF TIME  0-1
   Both teams had a chance to regroup and review their tactics.  TNS might have doubled their advantage when John Leah broke down the left but his shot was wide and into the trapped City fans at the "wrong end".
   Bangor launched a concerted assault on the TNS goal, three corners in a row which resulted in Darlington clearing a goalbound header from Mike Walsh off the line. With that behind them the full timers settled and with Phil Baker and Steve Evans in dominant mood, gave Harrison a relatively trouble free time.  In midfield the long serving Leah impressed whilst front runner Darlington gave the blues defence some problems.
   With twenty minutes left a foul by Phil Baker some thirty five yards out gave City a freekick.  Marc Limbert delivered high into the box, Les Davies headed on and Harrison was on hand to hold an overhead effort from Peter Hoy at the righthand post. TNS broke immediately and but for a weak effort from Scott Ruscoe might have doubled their advantage.
   On 73 minutes Bangor made a double change.  Dave Swanick and Sion Edwards made way for Paul McManus and Kev Lloyd.  But two minutes later the Shropshire side had the cushion of a second goal.  An overhit cross from John McKenna from the right caught the blues defence offguard.  The lively Darlington gathered and crossed from the left for Connal Murtagh to slot home from close range.
   Bangor huffed and puffed by Baker and Evans stood firm.  Kev Lloyd fired over from twenty five yards, Mike Walsh had a shot cleared off the line by Steve Evans, and Jamie Brewerton headed over. With seven minutes left Andy Mitchell came on for Michael Johnston who had suffered a number of knocks.  Bangor won a later corner which Kev Lloyd headed on target but without sufficient power to trouble Harrison. 
   After sub Craig Whitfield had gone close for TNS and Paul McManus fired wide for Bangor, Referee Southall blew for time and the green & white clad supporters were able to celebrate as City fans headed for home.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Les Davies
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Steve Evans
   REFEREE: Phil Southall
  ATTENDANCE:  555



45
13 MARCH 2009
Cefn Druids 1 v 0 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
 Kevin Holsgrove

COLOURS
 Black & White


Cefn Druids





Bangor City

1
Gerard McGuigan





Paul Smith
1
2
Lee Bamber





Dave Swanick
2
3
Aled Rowlands





Peter Hoy
3
4
Andrew Edgar





Mike Johnston
4
5
Dan Barnett





Jamie Brewerton
5
6
Lee Jones





Kieran Killackey
6
7
Josh Griffiths





Andy Mitchell
7
8
Mark Powell





Mike Walsh
8
9
Joe Price





Kev Lloyd
9
10
Ricky Evans




Christian Seargeant
10
11
Kevin Holsgrove





Sion Edwards
11
12
Geraint Lewis (71) for 7 Griffiths





Paul McManus (60) for 11 Ed'rds 12
14
Mike Taylor (91) for 2 Bamber





Clive Williams (66) for 7 Mitchell 14
15
Adam Hesp





Martin Beattie (52) for 2 Swanick
15
16
Wayne Phillips






16
 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Blue & White

    A dry, bouncy pitch which offered little either team resulted in a game of high ball and chase which, given their greater need, relegation strugglers Cefn won deservedly enough in the end.
   Bangor offered recalls to Jamie Brewerton at centrehalf - Clive Williams was on the bench - and Sion Edwards on the left wing.  Cefn opted for former City favourite Ricky Evans alone upfront with no sign of the promising John Rush in the starting eleven or bench.
   Bangor had the better of the first half, playing towards the trees, and Christian Seargeant forced Ged McGuigan into a save on thirteen minutes with a clean 25 yard strike which the bulky stopper caught comfortably.  Minutes later a first corner on the left was intercepted at the near post by Michael Johnston but his first time flick went the wrong side of the upright.
  City continued to press and a couple more corners followed, but in fairness this half was dominated by the pitch and the reluctance of either side to play the ball along a treacherous surface.  For Bangor big Jamie Brewerton was impressive whilst young Shrewbury based Dan Barnett dug deep for The Druids.
   Referee Duncan of Ellesmere has enjoyed a trouble free evening until the 42 minute when a wild lunge from Aled Rowlands, playing at rightback, flattened Dave Swanick who needed lengthy treatment.  It seemed a red card challenge from long range, but yellow sufficed and following another stoppage for treatment to Michael Johnston who had also been clobbered, the players trudged off.
HALF TIME 1-0
  Barely had the second half got underway than a Bangor attack broke down and Cefn scored.  Josh Griffiths led a break our which involved Andy Edgar, some frantic defending from the blues, before the ball fell for Kevin Holsgrove to flash a rising shot into the top lefthand corner from the edge of the box.  The languid left footer was an Everton youths teammate of James Vaughan and Victor Anichebe and is flashes shows why.
   From then on the pattern was set.  Bangor had more of the ball and attacked, Cefn broke with purpose and might have doubled their lead.  The immediate response was direct.  Two corners, the first deep to Peter Hoy who forced a brilliant reflex save from McGuigan, the second tempting Andy Mitchell to shoot but unhappily his effort flew over.
   Dave Swanick was still hampered by the last minute injury and it was no surprise that he gave way to Martin Beattie on 54 mins.  Two minutes later Mark Powell, unkempt but industrious, was yellow carded for refusing to retreat ten yards at a freekick which Chris Seargeant crossed a fraction too high for Peter Hoy.
   On the hour Cefn won a corner before Paul McManus replaced Sion Edwards who seemed to leave field with no further worries despte some heavy tackles.  A sixth Bangor corner picked out Kieran Killackey but his fierce drive hit Barnett and span over McGuigan's goal and onto the roof of the net.
   Cefn enjoyed some possession, a couple more corners, but no real threat posed.  On 67 minutes Clive Williams, a defender for the reserves the night before, came on for Andy Mitchell and went upfront alongside Kev Lloyd. A seventh corner followed, a breakneck charge upfield by Cefn but the combination of Michael Johnston and the hugely promising Williams snuffed it out.
   On 71 mins Geraint Lewis ambled on for Josh Griffiths who had run himself into the ground.  Cefn went close, Bangor now countered but Kev Lloyd screweed his shot, then Andrew Edgar fired well wide. Time had to run out and eventually it did, and the Druids nearly doubled their advantage when Paul Smith's mishit clearance invited a long range effort from substitute Lewis but he failed to hit the target. City rolled their corner tally up to ten, Dan Barnett cleared yet again, and the whistle blew on a famous and much needed victory for the Druids.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Jamie Brewerton
   MoM OPPOSITION
   Dan Barnett
   REFEREE:  Rob Duncan
ATTENDANCE:  149



44
13 MARCH 2009
Welshpool 1 v 1 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
 Steve Rogers

COLOURS
 Black & White


Welshpool Town





Bangor City

1
Danny Jones





Paul Smith
1
2
Geraint Windsor





Dave Swanick
2
3
John Boardman





Peter Hoy
3
4
Phil Doughty





Mike Johnston
4
5
Tim Edwards





Clive Williams
5
6
Gareth Wilson





Kieran Killackey
6
7
Kyle Jacobs





Marc Limbert
7
8
Richard Harris





Mike Walsh
8
9
Steve Rogers





Les Davies
9
10
Paul Roberts




Christian Seargeant
10
11
George Hughes





Sion Edwards
11
12
Andy Davies (75) for 7 Jacobs





Paul McManus (82) for 9 Davies 12
14
Martin McCubbin (87) for 8 Harris





Andy Mitchell (82) for 7 Limbert 14
15
Andy Mulliner





Martin Beattie
15
16






Sion Edwards
16
 
GOALSCORERS
 Chris Seargeant

COLOURS
 Blue & White

    Bangor boss Nev Powell gave Clive Williams a first start in central defence alongside Michael Johnston and the eighteen year old Penygroes defender did enough to suggest he has a fine future at this level.
   Playing down the hill, right to left as the specators were obliged to watch, Bangor dominated the opening 25 minutes and could easily have been two or three goals to the good.  The first corner, in the first minute, saw Marc Limbert cross and Chris Seargeant scuff his shot wide from ten yards.  Welshpool countered but Paul Smith was comfortably equal to Steve Roger's low shot. A second City corner was gathered impressively by 'Pool keeper Danny Jones but moments later Dave Swanick's curling cross from the right fell to
Chris Seargeant whose shot was half cleared and resulted in a foul and freekick on the edge of the box.  Chris Seargeant's effort cleared the wall but struck the hedge behind the goal.
  City continued to press, a Peter Hoy long throw found Les Davies but his header looped over, then a second delivery dropped for
Chris Seargeant but he shot across goal and out for a goalkick. Against the run of play Welshpool went ahead.  Kyle Jacobs crossed from the right, Paul Roberts headed against the crossbar and the alert Steve Rogers found the net with a low drive from ten yards with the blues defence flatfooted.
   Bangor won another corner which landed on the roof of the net, then Kieran Killackey fired over from twenty yards. Most of Bangor's attacks came down the left and one corner from that side resulted in a clever cushioned header from
Chris Seargeant which set up Marc Limbert who ran on goal but fired wide.
  The half time whistle blew with Welshpool a goal up, Bangor guilty of not converting chances, but with every reason to feel optimistic about the second period.
HALF TIME 1-0
  Within two minutes of the restart City went close again when Les Davies blasted narrowly wide from 25 yards out on the left.
   Bangor continued to press, playing uphill, with the travelling contingent now behind the top goal and close to the home dugout occupied by former blues assistant manager Huw Griffiths. An attack up the left wing by
Chris Seargeant yielded a corner which was headed powerfully goalwards by Peter Hoy but Jones' fingertips saved the day.
   Welshool pushed forwards and enjoyed a better spell with Richard Harris in the thick of the action and Roberts and Rogers testing Michael Johnston and teenager Clive Williams to the full. With twenty minutes left a seventh blues corner - but the first from the right - was hacked clear before fell runner Andy Davies replaced former City defender Kyle Jacobs.
   On 82 minutes Bangor were finally level.  A foul by Timmy Edwards on Peter Hoy, a freekick right on the edge of the box, eighteen yard line, just to the right of centre.  With Huw Jones opting to pull the ball back four yards and get the wall to retreat by a similar amount, there was eight yards for
Chris Seargeant to lift the ball up and dip it into the Welshpool net,  which he duly did! 
   Before the restart a double change, with former Chester youngsters Paul McManus and Andy Mitchell coming on for captain Marc Limbert and Les Davies, who both left the field with knocks.  It was Mitchell who went closest to grabbing a deserved winner as he latched onto a long throw from the right but sent his shot just over Jones's crossbar.  Oddly the timewasting tactics employed by former Shawbury stopper Jones now disappeared.  A final whinge? Referee Huw Jones appeared to acknowledge there was timewasting afoot, presided over a stoppage whilst Les Davies was injured, officiated over four substitutions but added only just minutes.  Nevertheless an away point well earned and some pleasing perfomances, not least from debutant defender Clive Williams who grew into the game and the hard working Kev Lloyd who unsettled the home defence throughout. To his credit there we no yellow or red cards shown.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Kev Lloyd
   MoM OPPOSITION
   Richard Harris
   REFEREE:  Huw Jones
ATTENDANCE:  160


43
24 MARCH 2009
 Bangor City 1 v 2 Newtown
WELSH PREMIER

 
GOALSCORERS
 Chris Seargeant

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Newtown

1
Paul Smith





Dave Jones
1
2
Dave Swanick





Andy Thomas
2
3
Martin Beattie





Matty Lewis
3
4
Michael Johnston





Hugh Clarke
4
5
Peter Hoy





Danny Jellicoe
5
6
Kieran Killackey





Robbie James
6
7
Marc Limbert




Craig Williams
7
8
Michael Walsh





Shane Sutton
8
9
Les Davies





Neil Mitchell
9
10
Kev Lloyd





Craig Moses
10
11
Christian Seargeant





Nicky Ward
11
12
Andy Mitchell  (71) for 3 Beattie




Darren Ryan (87) for 10 Moses
12
14
Paul McManus (67) for 10 Lloyd





Jamie Breeze
14
15
Matt Sargent





Sam Adams
15
16
Aaron Richmon





Shane Swanton
16
17
James Aston







 
GOALSCORERS
 Nicky Ward
 Shane Sutton

COLOURS
 Red



    City lost this wet and windswept battle with mid table visitors Newtown after conceding two goals in five minutes in the second half. With both sides partly below par due to injury and suspension, several youngsters were involved either from the start or on the bench.
   Playing with the wind and attacking the St Pauls End, the home side struggled to keep control and found the conditions difficult despite the supposed advantage.
   Newtown forced a series of corners and Bangor were relieved to see Dave Swanick hack one effort off the line with goalkeeper Paul Smith for once beaten. When City attacked the Robins goalkeeper Dave Jones looked less than sure of himself but - one way or another - survived with his goal and clean sheet intact.
   The best chances for City involved Christian Seargeant who had one twenty yarder tipped over the bar by Jones and saw a couple more efforts blocked by Clarke and Jellicoe.
  As half time approached Bangor might have done better when Christian Seargeant ran on goal, looked to pass to Les Davies who was well placed, but instead picked out Clarke and the chance was gone.
   However the half time scoreline remained blank and both sides were glad of a welcome break.
HALF TIME  0-0
   Playing into the wind Bangor again failed to impsoe themselves on the Mid Wales side.
   On 67 minutes Nev Powell made the first change of the evening, sending Paul McManus onto the pitch in place of Kev Lloyd who is gradually regaining match fitness.  Two minutes later, on 69 former Cefn Druids left footer Nicky Ward put the visitors infront with an inswinging corner that flew into the net courtesy of the wind sweeping into the St Pauls End, despite the best efforts of Kieran Killackey.  Five minutes later it was 2-0 as Shane Sutton netted after another cross had not been cleared. In between the two goals Bangor replaced injured leftback Martin Beattie with Andy Mitchell.
   With less than fifteen minutes remaining Chris Seargeant struck for Bangor with the goal of the night.  Andy Mitchell gathered the ball on the left wing and played infield tothe former Everton youth who fortunately evaded a wild lunge from centreback Huw Clarke.  The ball ran to Paul McManus who passed back out to the left for Christian Seargeant who ran at goal, beating half the Newtown defence before slotting the ball past Dave Jones in the Newtown goal.
   Although the proved to the end of the scoring there was still drama to unfold as Neil Mitchell launched into a lunge on blues defender Dave Swanick which this time did not go unpunished by referee Harms.  A red card seemed a little harsh but the former Caersws winger was forced to walk off, the clubs' fourth red card in as many games.  Goalscorer Sutton was also yellow carded for a lunge on Les Davies which was probably worse than Mitchell's as City pressed. With three minutes left player manager Darren Ryan replaced Craig Moses and the visitors were soon able to celebrate a rare away win which lifted them above local rivals Welshpool.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Christian Seargeant
   MoM OPPOSITION
 
   REFEREE: Andy Harms
  ATTENDANCE:  271


42
21 MARCH 2009
 Bangor City 1 v 0 Airbus UK
WELSH PREMIER

 
GOALSCORERS
 Chris Seargeant

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Airbus

1
Paul Smith





Chris Doran
1
2
Dave Swanick





Ryan Edwards
2
3
Martin Beattie





Gio Feliciello
3
4
Michael Johnston





Matty Woodward
4
5
Peter Hoy





Gareth Sudlow
5
6
Kieran Killackey





Mark Allen
6
7
Marc Limbert




Ashley Williams
7
8
Michael Walsh





Dan Desormeaux
8
9
Les Davies





Mark Cadwallader
9
10
Paul McManus





James McIntosh
10
11
Christian Seargeant





Matthew Cook
11
12
Andy Mitchell  (63) for 11 S'geant




Phil Molyneux (63 for 10 M'Tosh
12
14
Kev Lloyd (60) for 10 McManus





Tom Rowlands (83) for 6 Allen
14
15
Sion Edwards





Jack Rowlands
15
16
Gareth Sharp






16
17








 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Green



    A solitary goal, a majestic freekick from Christian Seargeant, was enough to secure all three points for Bangor against a determined Airbus side.
   Strengthened by the return of centrebacks Mark Allen and Gareth Sudlow, the visitors were visibly stronger at the back and opted to push utility man Mark Cadwallader into the attack alongside James McIntosh.  Bangor boss Nev Powell swopped Peter Hoy for Jamie Brewerton with Dave Swanick slotting in at rightback.  Upfront Paul McManus partnered Les Davies.
   Playing into the Farrar End hosts Bangor won an early corner on the right which Marc Limbert swung into and struck the near post.  There was a stoppage whilst Michael Johnson was treated for a facial injury, the lanky Cadwallder was lucky not to shown a card of some colour for his part in this incident and another moments later.
   On fifteen minutes City went close with a neat flick forward from Paul McManus but Marc Limbert could not find the target with a header at full stretch.  Airbus responded with a fine run from Ryan Edwards which was half blocked by Paul Smith and clattered clear by Martin Beattie.  As the visitors strove for the lead Beattie was alert and acted as a sweeper on a couple of occasions, cutting across from the left as danger threatened.
   On the half hour Bangor had the lead. A freekick to the left of the box invited a curler from Christian Seargeant which beat the despairing Doran into the net.  Airbus went close through centreback Sudlow who headed over when well placed, then makeshift striker Cadwallader fired at Paul Smith with time and space to do better.
   Referee Tregonning had done his best to take a liberal view of tackles and let the game flow, largely to the benefit of both sides as City ran on with a one goal lead. However he did finally issue a yellow card for dissent to Cadwallader on the stroke of half time, although this went largely unnoticed.
HALF TIME  1-0
   The first action of the second period was a blatant foul by McIntosh on Peter Hoy for which he was duly cautioned. Ten minutes after the restart Peter Hoy was forced to slide in to block a goalbound shot and from the resulting corner Martin Beattie was forced to clear Gareth Sudlow's header off the line. This came in a rapid fire series of three Airbus corner which ended when Peter Hoy headed clear and Bangor finally got out.
   On the hour Kevin Lloyd replaced young Paul McManus alongside Les Davies and immediately forced a full lengh save from Doran as his dipping volley threatened to double the advantage.  With 63 minutes played a double change, Andy Mitchell came on for Christian Seargeant who had been injured in the goalmouth, and Phil Molynuex replaced the pedestrian McIntosh.
   Ten minutes remained when Kieran Killackey was carded for a strong challenge before the low point of the afternoon.  An attacking freekick for Airbus ended in acrimony as substitute Molyneux needlessly hit Martin Beattie across the head with his arm and sparked angry scenes.  Neither referee Tregonning or his young assistant saw the incident and, with relentless denials, the thuggish action went unpunished. 
   The final action of the forgettable second half saw Matty Woodward yellow carded for a deliberate handball backed up by a blatant hack at the ball to prevent a quick freekick.  Manager Harrison, stationed by his dugout in fetching black tights, would later claim his side had bettered Bangor - despite the scoreline.  The scoreline stated otherwise and three valuable points and a third and final win for City over the Planemakers in three encounters this season.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Martin Beattie
   MoM OPPOSITION
  J
   REFEREE: Wayne Tregonning
  ATTENDANCE:  350



41
17 MARCH 2009
 Bangor City 0 v 0 TNS
WELSH PREMIER

 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





TNS

1
Paul Smith





Paul Harrison
1
2
Peter Hoy





Barry Hogan
2
3
Martin Beattie





Phil Baker
3
4
Michael Johnston





John McKenna
4
5
Jamie Brewerton





Steve Evans
5
6
Kieran Killackey





John Leah
6
7
Marc Limbert




Conall Murtagh
7
8
Michael Walsh





Alex Darlington
8
9
Les Davies





Matt Berkeley
9
10
Paul McManus





John Toner
10
11
Christian Seargeant





Jamie Wood
11
12
Andy Mitchell  (89) for 9 Davies




Craig Williams (80) for 7 Murt'gh
12
14
Kev Lloyd (77) for 10 McManus





Rob Williams (87) for 6 Leah
14
15
Clive Williams





Stephen O'Connor
15
16
Matt Sargent






16
17
Sion Edwards







 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Green & White



    Bangor were forced to settle for a draw from a match in which they enjoyed the better share of possession and created more chances.
   Nonetheless it was TNS who created the first opening when the veteran John Toner hit the crossbar inside three minutes.  Operating with three centre backs the visitors started strongly but failed to make their advantage pay.
   However, inspired by Christian Seargeant and the determined figure of Kieran Killackey, City began to exert more influence and forced the visitors deeper intot their own half.  Seargeant slid round John Leah on the goallines but watched in disbelief as his goalbound shot from the left swept into the side netting.
   As the half drew to a close Bangor went close on three occasions, forcing two goal line clearances.  These included a looping header from Jamie Brewerton which was cleared by former Manchester United apprentice Jamie Wood, a chip from Paul McManus - who started alongside Les Davies - hacked away by Barry Hogan - and an effort from Christian Seargeant into the side netting.
   Long distance referee Dean John - who had yellow carded visitors pair John McKenna and Jamie Wood - blew for the interval on a goalless but entertaining first half.
HALF TIME  0-0
   In an open second half the visitors went close through academy product John McKenna and the well travelled Matt Berkerley.
  
City won a freekick just outside the box, Christian Seargeant delivered but Paul Harrison saved well.
  
As time ran out a cross from Les Davies was headed goalwards by Peter Hoy but Harrison saved and the chance was gone.
   TNS sent on towering centreback Rob Williams for John Leah, with the Blackpool based defender acting as an emergency centre forward, but City coped comfortably enough.
   In the closing minute young Andy Mitchell replaced the marauding Les Davies who had given the former Football League centrebacks Baker and Evans a tough examination.
   However there was a late setback for Bangor when centrehalf Jamie Brewerton was harshly red carded - a second yellow - for the slightest of incidents with visiting goalkeeper Harrison. Moments later the final whistle blew on a goalless draw, two points dropped by City perhaps, although any point against full timers in a predominantly part time league must be worth having.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Kieran Killackey
   MoM OPPOSITION
  John Leah
   REFEREE: Dean John
  ATTENDANCE:  379


40
13 MARCH 2009
Rhyl 4 v 1 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
 Jamie Reed
 Gareth Owen
 Neil Roberts
 George Horan

COLOURS
 Black & White


Rhyl





Bangor City

1
Michael Jones





Paul Smith
1
2
Paul O'Neill





Peter Hoy
2
3
Chris Roberts





Martin Beattie
3
4
George Horan





Mike Johnston
4
5
Greg Strong





Jamie Brewerton
5
6
Danny Williams





Kieran Killackey
6
7
Gareth Owen





Marc Limbert
7
8
Luke Sherborn





Mike Walsh
8
9
Neil Roberts





Les Davies
9
10
Jamie Reed




Christian Seargeant
10
11
Craig Jones





Sion Edwards
11
12
Mark Connolly (68) for 2 O'Neill





Paul McManus (64) for 6 Killackey 12
14
Greg Stones (82) for 11 Jones





Stuart Cook (69) for 11 Edwards 14
15
Matt Williams (77) for 10 Reed





Andy Mitchell (64)  for 7 Limbert
15
16






Kevin Lloyd
16







Clive Williams

 
GOALSCORERS
 Marc Limbert

COLOURS
 Blue & White

    What ended up as an emphatic defeat was quite an even affair until the final fifteen minutes when the hosts scored twice and over ran an inexperienced City midfield.
 
The opening exchanges saw Paul O'Neill booked for a deliberate block on Sion Edwards and Marc Limbert fire the freekick into the wall.  Paul Smith gathered a goalward header from Strong before Les Davies shot on the turn but Jones saved comfortably. 
   Midway through the half O'Neill was lucky not to incur further punishment for a late lunging tackle on Jamie Brewerton but on the half hour - on 32 minutes to be precise - the home side went ahead.  A hopeful punt over the top by leftback Roberts was chased by Jamie Reed who got the better of Michael Johnson to beat Paul Smith with a low clean strike.
  Bangor were shaken but fought back with a goal five minutes later. From a Peter Hoy long throw Marc Limbert latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the box to thrash home an unstoppable equaliser to the delight of the hundreds of blues supporters amongst the 1500 crowd.
  With five minutes left make shift  right back Paul O'Neil was guilty of another infringement, this time a block on Chris Seargeant as the stand in striker broke on half way.  But moments later the former Everton youth went close to putting City ahead with a well flighted chip from the left which was scrambled off the line by the impressive Greg Strong.
   However with seconds remaining of added time a clever piece of play by Neil Roberts set up Gareth Owen who calmly put the Lilywhites back in front.  Referee Ceri Richards blew for time and the home side led 2-1 at the interval.
HALF TIME 2-1
   The first chance of the second half saw Les Davies steer a long throw from Peter Hoy on target but Jones gathered.  With neither side gaining the initiative - but with Rhyl leading - manager Nev Powell opted for a double substitution on 64 minutes. Thi saw Kieran Killackey and Marc Limbert replaced by teenagers Paul McManus and Andy Mitchell.
   Seconds later it seemed to have worked a treat.  Peter Hoy's long throw caused panic in the Rhyl box and George Horan was yellow carded for a visible overhead handball. Penalty.  With Marc Limbert off left winger Sion Edwards accepted the responsibility but unfortunately skied his effort over the bar. 
   Rhyl responded with a corner which caused confusion in the Bangor box and moments later Paul O'Neill made way for Marc Connolly and Stuart Cook replaced Sion Edwards. On 73 minutes the contest was all but over as Neil Roberts latched onto a loose clearance from Paul Smith to put the home side 3-1 ahead with a low drive.
   On 82 minutes it was 4-1 as George Horan finished off a fine move involving Gareth Owen and Neil Roberts to give the scoreline an emphatic look. 
   This result means Rhyl have completed a league double over Bangor who in turn have knocked the Lilywhites out of both Loosemores and Welsh Cup. 
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Jamie Brewerton
   MoM OPPOSITION
   Greg Strong
   REFEREE:  Ceri Richards
ATTENDANCE:  1500



39
7 MARCH 2009
 Bangor City 3 v 0 Caersws
WELSH PREMIER

 
GOALSCORERS
 Les Davies
 Chris Seargeant
 Peter Hoy

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Caersws

1
Paul Smith





John Rowley
1
2
Peter Hoy





Jon Jones
2
3
Martin Beattie





Steve Hopkins
3
4
Michael Johnston





James Taylor
4
5
Jamie Brewerton





Matthew Holt
5
6
Kieran Killackey





Jamie Haynes
6
7
Marc Limbert




Dave Hughes
7
8
Michael Walsh





Aeron Edwards
8
9
Les Davies





Chris Melia
9
10
Christian Seargeant





Graham Jones
10
11
Sion Edwards





Mark Davies
11
12
Paul McManus (62) for 11 Edwards




Chris Courtney  (62) for 6 Haynes
12
14
Andy Mitchell (79) for 10 Sharp





Rob Cookson
14
15
Stuart Cook  (84) for 9 Davies





Steve Hughes (79) for 9 Melia
15
16
Sean Davies






16
 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Yellow & Blue



    Bangor raced into a three goal lead inside the opening fifteen minutes and never looked like losing against basement stugglers Caersws.
   Attacking the St Pauls End, pushed forward by a stiff breeze, Bangor laid seige to the Bluebirds goal from the kick off and forced two corners in the opening two minutes with Jamie Brewerton going close from the second sent over by Sion Edwards.  Caersws survived but on four minutes when Referee Duncan awarded a freekick they stood and watched as Les Davies rose highest to head home Marc Limbert's inviting cross from the left.
   A third Bangor corner was cleared but on ten minutes City doubled their lead.  A long throw from the right, hurtled in by the industrious Peter Hoy, caused havoc in the visitors defence.  Les Davies shot right footed, goalkeeper John Rowley fumbled at the foot of his post and stand in striker Christian Seargeant tapped the ball in off the prone 'keeper from close range.
   With Kieran Killackey snapping and Mike Walsh passing purposefully, the visitors midfield was over run.  Walsh let fly with a twenty fiive yarder which Rowley held, then goalscorer Seargeant saw his goalbound effort turned away for a fourth Bangor corner on 15 minutes.  CaptainMarc Limbert delivered and Peter Hoy crashed his header home off Mark Davies who was stationed at back the post.
   Given what was by now a hopeless position most teams would have given up.  To their credit Caersws are made of sterner stuff and, driven forward by the irrepressible Aeron Edwards they won three corners on the bounce and forced Paul Smith to save from Jamie Haynes. Midfielder Edwards fired on goal from the edge of the box but Peter Hoy flung himself into the line of fire.
   On the half hour Bangor pushed forwards again with two long throws from Peter Hoy on the left.  Both found the head of big Les Davies and both slid just wide of the post.  In between Mike Walsh had a shot held by the acrobatic Rowley.  A fifth Bangor corner saw Jamie Brewerton head wide.
   But spirited Caersws were still in the hunt and a break on the right by Mark Davies - who looked clearly offside - resulted in a cross to Jamie Haynes but his rising drive was pushed over by Paul Smith.  Bangor countered through Christian Seargeant on the right, his near post cross was dragged just wide by Les Davies. And that was about it, save for a sixth Bangor corner which was cleared, as Referee Duncan blew for half time.
HALF TIME  3-0
   Scarcely had the second half begun than controvesy erupted. Playing into the wind and attacking the Farrar End, City won a throw on the right which Peter Hoy propelled into the box. A half clearance invited a shot from Mike Walsh which Aeron Edwards blatantly charged down rugby style. Referee Duncan rightly awarded the penalty but opted against any further action when a red card was a distinct possibility.  He did though caution the woeful Jamie Taylor for dissent. 
   So on 48 minutes a penalty which Christian Seargeant claimed but, to his despair, John Rowley saved well with a dive to the right.  On 55 minutes Sion Edwards sent a freekick from the right, inswinging, towards Les Davies but he lashed over. On the hour Christian Seargeant did have the ball in the net but was - rightly it seemed - ruled out for offside.
   On 62 minutes Christian Courtney replaced Jamie Haynes and Paul McManus came on for Sion Edwards. This inspired the visitors who created chances on the right for former Airbus striker Dave Hughes who hit the post with one effort and narrowly missed the target with another.
   Bangor responded with a seventh corner which involved Paul McManus and resulted in John Rowley saving from Les Davies. The pacey Courtney then shot over for Caersws but with fifteen minutes left a clever combination between Les Davies and young Paul McManus ended with the former Chester youngster firing just over from the right after rounding Matthew Holt.
   On 79 minutes a double change as big Steve Hughes replaced Chris Melia upfront for Caersws and Andy Mitchell came on for Christian Seargeant.  Five minutes later Stuart Cook came on for Les Davies. In the final minute of normal time a touch more controvesy which passed with little said as Paul McManus was clearly pulled back in the box by Holt. Penalty?  It seemed that way but nothing was given.  One final moment, a flowing move involving the outstanding Kieran Killackey and Marc Limbert who crossed for the inrushing Martin Beattie to head goalwards from eight yards, but Rowley pulled off an excellent save, pusing the ball onto and over the crossbar.  An eighth corner which came to nothing but a fitting end to a fast and open game, won by Bangor but with visitors Caersws fighting to the last.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Kieran Killackey
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Aeron Edwards
   REFEREE:  Rob Duncan
  ATTENDANCE:  366


38
28 FEB2009
Airbus UK 0 v 5 Bangor City
The Welsh Cup
 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Green


Airbus UK





Bangor City

1
Phil Palethorpe





Paul Smith
1
2
Ryan Edwards





Peter Hoy
2
3
Giovanni Peliciello





Martin Beattie
3
4
Matty Woodward





Mike Johnston
4
5
Mark Cadwallader





Jamie Brewerton
5
6
Matty Cook





Kieran Killackey
6
7
Tom Rowlands





Marc Limbert
7
8
Dan Desormeaux





Mike Walsh
8
9
Phil Molyneux





Les Davies
9
10
James MacIntosh




Christian Seargeant
10
11
Ashley Williams





Sion Edwards
11
12
George Stewart (58) for 7 Rowlands





Paul McManus (68) for 6 Killackey 12
14
Mark Head (61) for 10 MacIntosh





Andy Mitchell (61) for 10 McMan 14
15
Gary Lovell (67) for 8 Desormeaux




Stuart Cook (61)  for 11 Edw'rds
15
 
GOALSCORERS
 Les Davies 2
 Chris Seargeant
 Peter Hoy
 Sion Edwards

COLOURS
 Blue & White

    Although the goals did not come until the second half - in what turned into a romp - the first half was not without incident or talking point either. All seemed set fair on a calm if cloudy afternoon with hundred of cheery Bangor supporters packed into half of the compact Broughton ground.
    The early action involved the lineman who flagged five times as Bangor attacked the social club end.  Airbus forced the first corner, Paul Smith collected, and on twenty minutes Phil Palethorpe made the first save of the afternoon.  A foul on midfielder Kieran Killackey resulted in a 22 yard freekick which Christian Seargeant curled low towards the righthand post and forced a stumbling save from the home keeper.
   On the half hour all eyes were on the other linesman, Maldwyn Williams, who declared himsel unwell.  With no fourth official on duty a call went out for a volunteer, after a five minutes delay former Airbus manager Rob Lythe emerged with the flag, with the surviving official swapping sides to rule over the home dugout.
   Bangor seemed to gain impetus and forced a series of openings.  Marc Limbert's deep freekick from the right was headed over the bar by the towering Les Davies.  Then the big leftpeg headed on for Christian Seargeant but his effort lofted over.  Next a deep cross from the left by Les Davies was headed down by Christian Seargeant and Mike Walsh fired over.
   Into the fourth minute of added time Jamie Brewerton headed over and then he saw a second effort cleared. Finally in the 54th minute - there was also a stoppage for injury - Brewerton again went close but this time his downward header hit the side netting from the right.
   So a lengthy first half on that notorious bumpy pitche had brought openings but not goals.
HALF TIME 0-0
   It turned out to be the calm before the storm.  Two minutes after the restart Bangor had the lead.  A long throw from Peter Hoy was nodded on by Les Davies for Christian Seargeant to scramble home from a yard out.  It might have gone from bad to worse for Airbus seconds later when Sion Edwards racec clear on the left but his fierce volley sped wide.  It was a momentary reprieve only though as within a minute of the first goal Mike Walsh headed on to Les Davies who raced in to clatter the ball beyond the hopelessly exposed Palethorpe.
   Airbus stirred and managed to press the Bangor goal, with Peter Hoy, Martin Beattie, Jamie Brewerton and Michael Johnston defending bravely.  City goalkepeer Paul Smith was scarcely tested though as the cleanest effort was a shot into the side netting by Tom Rowlands for what turned out to be his final action of the game as young George Stewart replaced him on 58 minutes.
  On the hour Bangor won a third corner of the afternoon on the right.  Sion Edwards crossed eeep, Jamie Brewerton headed back across goal and Peter Hoy tapped in from close range.  Immediately Airbus replaced the pedestrian MacIntosh with another of their young Wrexham loanees Mark Head.
   Les Davies was becoming unstoppable now and he latched onto a careless ball across the box by Woodward to fire on goal. His initial effort blocked, he chipped to the edge of the box and Palethorpe saved wel from Mike Walsh.
   It mattered little moments later when Kieran Killackey's header forward found Les Davies who slipped the ball sideways to left winger Sion Edwards who fired home from wide on the left for a 4-0 lead.  A minute later it was 5-0 as Mike Walsh headed on to the marauding Les Davies who dusted off Wood ward and Ryan Edwards before rattling the ball past Palethorpe.
   The final home substitution followed as a weary Desormeaux made way for former blue Gary Lovell, seconds later a first change for Bangor as young Paul McManus replaced the impressive Kieran Killackey. Lovell was yellow carded by Morda ref Huw Jones before Paul Smith saved well from Phil Molyneux who refused to accept the inevitable.
   With ten minute left Sion Edwards' shot was saved by Palethorpe, then on 82 minutes a double change as Sion Edwards and Les Davies made way for Stuart Cook and Andy Mitchell.  There was one final bizarre moment at Mark Cadwallader vented his frustration with a laughable slap on Les Davies which was not seen by referee or his assistant.  It mattered not as the Truck was uninjured and, minutes later, the final whislte signalled loud celebrations from the blue horde.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Les Davies
   MoM OPPOSITION
   
   REFEREE:  Huw Jones
ATTENDANCE:  648


37
21 FEB2009
Port Talbot 2 v 1 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
 Drew Fahiya 2

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Port Talbot Town





Bangor City

1
Kristian Rogers





Paul Smith
1
2
Leigh DeVulgt





Dave Swanick
2
3
Scott Barrow





Peter Hoy
3
4
Gareth Phillips





Mike Johnston
4
5
Matthew Rees





Jamie Brewerton
5
6
Lee Surman





Kieran Killackey
6
7
Lee John





Marc Limbert
7
8
Darren Davies





Mike Walsh
8
9
Martin Rose





Les Davies
9
10
Scott Evans




Paul McManus
10
11
Drew Fahiya





Sion Edwards
11
12
James Burgin (50) for 3 Barrow





Martin Beattie (61) for 6 Killackey 12
14
Karl Lewis (75) for 10 Evans





Stuart Cook (61) for 10 McManus 14
15
Matt Thompson (78) for 2 DeVulgt




Andy Mitchell (61)  for 11 Edw'rds
15
16
Rory Healey





Alan Morgan
16
 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Yellow

    A third away defeat on the bounce for Bangor who had Dave Swanick red carded deep into the final moments of injury time.
   Manager Nev Powell gave young Paul McManus a start upfront alongside Les Davies.  After open exchanges and chances at both ends it was Port Talbot who took the lead on 34 minutes, somewhat against the run of play.
   Bangor had been pressing the home defence with a sequence of corners, one of which was played short and conceded possession to the Town defenders who promply passed forward toMartin Rose who fed Drew Fahiya who raced clear to slide the ball past Paul Smith.
   Port Talbot held their lead to half time and Neil Morgan whistled for the break.
HALF TIME 1-1
   Whatever had been said in either dressing room counted for little three minutes after the break when Port Talbot quickly doubled their advantage.
   Again it was Drew Fahiya who struck to  put the home side 2-0 ahead.
   Bangor boss Nev Powell refused to take this setback lying down and on the hour responded with a triple substitution.  This saw Martin Beattie, Stuart Cook and Andy Mitchell come on for Kieran Killackey, Paul McManus and Sion Edwards.
   This certainly gave Bangor fresh initiative with Les Davies sending one booming effort skimming the outside of the post and home 'keeper Kristian Rogers saving well from Peter Hoy.
   But try as they might City could not force a goal, until that is the 90th minute when a header from Jamie Brewerton got the better of Kristian Rogers to halve the deficit.  Brewerton had been pushed forward to add some height to the attack in the closing minutes and gave a good account of himself in an unfamiliar role.
   Unhappily though the final action of the afternoon saw Dave Swanick red carded for the use of an elbow on Lee John.  The penalty was quickly claimed by Drew Fahiya but he was denied his hatrick by Paul Smith.  This was the final action of the match which ended in a 2-1 defeat for Bangor and a suspension looming over defender Swanick.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Michael Johnson
   MoM OPPOSITION
   Drew Fahiya
   REFEREE:  Neil Morgan
ATTENDANCE:  174


36
17 FEB2009
Llangefni Town 3 v 1 Bangor City
NWCFA Cup
 
GOALSCORERS
 Graham Austin
 Jon Peris Jones
 Darren Thomas

COLOURS
 


LlangefniTown





Bangor City

1
Paul Whitfield





James Firman
1
2
Sion Parry





Gareth Sharp
2
3
Chris Williams





Gethin Jeffreys
3
4
Geraint Mitchell





Sion Davies
4
5
Graham Austin





Clive Williams
5
6
Kevin Roberts





Matt Sargent
6
7
Richard Higham





Caio Iwan
7
8
Ywain Gwynedd





Marc Limbert
8
9
Mel McGinness





Stuart Cook
9
10
Darren Thomas




Kev Lloyd
10
11
Iwan Jones





Jamie Aston
11
12
Jon Peris Jones for 3 Williams





John Owen 12
14







14
15







15
 
GOALSCORERS
 John Owen

COLOURS
 

    Bangor boss Nev Powell went for a mixture of youth and experience at Talwrn Road but could not match a full strength Llangefni side who ran out 3-1 winners in this North Wales Coast cup tie.
   The experience came from first teamers Marc Limbert, Stuart Cook and Kevin Lloyd.  Amongst the youngster given the chance to impress were debutant 'keeper James Firman, centreback Clive Williams, as well as Matt Sargent who scored against Caersws and young striker Caio Iwan.
   But it was Llangefni who went ahead on 22 minutes when Graham Austin headed home from a corner delivered by defender Chris Williams.  The home side thought they had doubled their advantage when Mel McGinness had the ball in the net after a run but a linesman's flag cut short the celebreations.
   The narrow lead at the interval would have given manager Nev Powell cause for optimism in his half time team talk.
HALF TIME 1-1
   Ten minutes after the restart  Bangor were level.  A corner was not cleared properly and young sub John Owen crashed home from the edge of  the box to the delight of  the sizeable travelling  support.
   On 55 minutes Llangefni regained the lead through Jon Peris Jones whose father Gwyn was a Northern Premier League title winner with City some 25 years ago.  Jones scored from a Ywain Gwynedd cross.  Again Llangefni might have increased their lead as Mel McGinness stepped up to take a penalty but debutant 'keeper James Firman saved comfortably to keep City's hopes alive.
   The decisive third goal did not come until the 88th minute when former Holyhead winger Darren Thomas scored to put the tie beyond the young blues.  Llangefni now face Llandudno in the next round.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Clive Williams
   MoM OPPOSITION
  
   REFEREE: 
ATTENDANCE: 200


35
14 FEB2009
Carmarthen 3 v 1 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
 Craig Hughes 2
 Nicky Palmer

COLOURS
 Black & Gold


CarmarthenTown





Bangor City

1
Neil Thomas





Paul Smith
1
2
Richard Hughes





Dave Swanick
2
3
Lee Hudgell





Martin Beattie
3
4
Nicky Palmer





Mike Johnston
4
5
Mark Dodds





Jamie Brewerton
5
6
Kris Thomas





Chris Seargeant
6
7
Stuart Roberts





Peter Hoy
7
8
Neil Smothers





Mike Walsh
8
9
Paul Fowler





Les Davies
9
10
Craig Hughes




Chris Sharp
10
11
Nathan Cotterrall





Sion Edwards
11
12
Danny Thomas (84) for 4 Palmer





Paul McManus (68) for 11 Edw'ds 12
14
Tim Hicks (46) for 8 Smothers





Sturart Cook (75) for 3 Beattie 14
15
Sacha Walters (82) for 7 Roberts





Andy Mitchell
15
16






Kev Lloyd
16
 
GOALSCORERS
 Chris Sharp

COLOURS
 Blue

    This disappointing defeat was overshadowed by a serious arm injury suffered by Chris Sharp which, at time of writing, seems set to rule him out for the rest of the season.
   Robbed by suspension of key midfielder Marc Limbert and Kieran Killackey, manager Nev Powell opted to give Peter Hoy and run in midfield and re-instate Sion Edwards on the left wing.  It was a ploy which proved successful when Chris Sharp brushed passed home defenders Richard Hughes and Kris Thomas to fire low into the left corner but Neil Thomas' full length dive did the job.
   On 15 minutes the tactic looked even better.  Richard Hughes fouled Sharp on the left, Christian Seargeant's freekick cleared the home defence and dropped invitingly for Chris Sharp to crash the ball into the roof the net from point blank.  Carmarthen responded with a 60 yard freekick which Neil Thomas - in a style reminscent of a grumpy Lee Williams - forced Paul Smith to push over with a fiercely struck effort.
   However tactics and formations counted for little on 27 minutes.  Chris Sharp lost the ball to Richard Hughes on the goalline and launched into a two footed tackle which clearly angered the home 'keeper and his defence.  In fairness though they quickly realised the tall striker was in severe pain and shouted for the physios who raced across the pitch.  As City's leading scorer was carried off Referee Adie had little option but to show the red card for the initial challenge.
   Being down to ten men does not daunt Bangor and with their backs duly pressed to the wall City defender bravely.  This all came crashing down four minutes after the lengthy stoppage ended when Peter Hoy tripped Stuart Roberts, a clear penalty and the inevitable yellow card.  Up stepped Nathan Cotterrall for the penalty kick but to the relief of the travelling contingent he sliced his effort wide of the righthand post.
   So Bangor led at the interval which brought welcome respite and a chance to regroup.
HALF TIME 1-1
   A second half change saw Tim Hicks replaced Neil Smothers and to their credit Carmarthen set about using the width of the pitch to exploit the man advantage.
   The first clear opening came when Paul Fowler flicked on at the near post but saw his effort slide across goal.  But on 68 minutes the pressure told as the home side drew level.  An inswinging freekick from the left by Nathan Cotterrall was headed on by Nicky Palmer to beat Paul Smith into the corner of the blues net.
   Tim Hicks went close before his shot was deflected to Craig Hughes who quick turn and shot flashed into the bottom corner for a two one lead.  The former Newport striker nearly doubled his tally minutes later byu Paul Smith saved well but be was not to be denied ten minutes from time.  A booming right to left clearance from goallkeeper Neil Thomas was headed on by leftback Lee Hudgell for Craig Hughes to head home from six yards.
   Things could have got worse for Bangor in what was turning into a dismal day when Stuart Roberts cut in from the left but once more Paul Smith saved well and the scoreline stayed at three one.
   So a deserved win for Carmarthen, given that they were in no way to blame for Chris Sharp's injury, and one which puts City at a clear disadvantage in the race for third or fourth in the Welsh Premier.  But there is still a long way to go.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Michael Johnson
   MoM OPPOSITION
   Craig Hughes
   REFEREE:  Darren Adie
ATTENDANCE:  349



34
10 FEB 2009
 Bangor City 1 v 0 Porthmadog
WELSH PREMIER

 
GOALSCORERS
  Chris Sharp

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Porthmadog

1
Paul Smith





Dave Vickers
1
2
Dave Swanick





Mark Thomas
2
3
Peter Hoy





Mike Foster
3
4
Michael Johnston





Rhys Roberts
4
5
Jamie Brewerton





Ryan Davies
5
6
Christian Seargeant





Eifion Jones
6
7
Kieran Killackey




Chris Jones
7
8
Michael Walsh





Marc Lloyd Williams
8
9
Les Davies





John Rowley
9
10
Chris Sharp





Marcus Orlik
10
11
Martin Beattie





Chris Parry
11
12
Sion Edwards (85) for 6 Seargeant




Richard Owen  (66) for 11 Parry
12
14
Kevin Lloyd (90) for 10 Sharp





Ben Ogilvy (75) for 10 Orlik
14
15
Stuart Cook





Liam Shanahan
15
16
Paul McManus (46) for 11 Beattie





Carl Jones (88) for 9 Rowley
16
17
Andy Mitchell





Tom Owen
17
 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Black & Red



    Bangor won a closely fought encounter with Porthmadog thanks to a solitary strike from Chris Sharp.  The team news focused on the return of centrehalf Jamie Brewerton in a reshuffle which saw Martin Beattie start on the left of midfield.
   It started brightly for Bangor when former City reserves keeper Dave Vickers saved an early effort from Les Davies and then handled a backpass to concede a freekick.  He was yellow carded by Morda ref Huw Jones for kicking the ball away but to the official's credit the rest of a fairly contested match passed without any further bookings.
   Port thought they had the lead when Chris Jones' cross was tapped in by Marc Lloyd Williams, but the linesman flagged for offside when the 297 goal striker's initial effort was parried by Paul Smith which ruled out the follow up.  With Christian Seargeant enjoying a run on the right of midfield Bangor took control and might have gone ahead.  First he saw one goal bound effort deflected for a corner, then a cross to Chris Sharp produced a thumping header against the upright.
   As City pressed both Sharp and strike partner Les Davies fired wide from outside the box.
HALF TIME  0-0
   The second period saw Port attack.  First the versatile John Rowley fired at blues keeper Paul Smith after a purposeful run and then the former Caernarfon striker set up Marc Lloyd Williams but he shot wide.
   Paul McManus had replaced Martin Beattie at half time and his early shot was turned away for a corner.  Then the persistent Christian Seargeant saw his shot suffer the same fate, a corner from which City finally took the lead.  With the diminutive Vickers creating unease in the visitors defence Chris Sharp rose above John Rowley to head home his fourth goal in two games on the hour for what turned out to be the only goal of the game. This despite the best efforts of the despairing Vickers and the goal line presence of Marcus Orlik.
   City should have increased the lead as both Peter Hoy and Kieran Killackey went close.  But Port kept plugging away and Rowley again passed to Marc Lloyd Williams but he shot into the side netting. So the final whistle blew on the narrowest of victories for City and three more points to add to the league total.  New Porthmadog manager Tomi Morgan would have left with grounds for optimism as he new charges played with plenty of heart.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Christian Seargeant
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Chris Jones
   REFEREE:  Huw Jones
  ATTENDANCE:  490


33
6 FEB 2009
 Bangor City 6 v 0 Connahs Quay
WELSH PREMIER

 
GOALSCORERS
 Chris Sharp 3
 Les Davies
 Peter Hoy
 Paul McManus

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Connahs Quay

1
Paul Smith





Craig Vernon
1
2
Dave Swanick





Ben Alston
2
3
Martin Beattie





Phil Doran
3
4
Michael Johnston





Teddy Whelan
4
5
Peter Hoy





Andy Alston
5
6
Christian Seargeant





Craig Jones
6
7
Kieran Killackey




Ralph Welsh
7
8
Michael Walsh





Danny Forde
8
9
Les Davies





Liam Loughlin
9
10
Chris Sharp





Peter Doran
10
11
Sion Edwards





Phil Clarke
11
12
Paul McManus (46) for 11 Edw'ds




Ron Morgan (53) for 11 Clarke 12
14
Andy Mitchell (73) for 7 Killackey





Dan Pinch (72) for 7 Welsh
14
15
Stuart Cook (78) for 10 Sharp





Mike Cronshaw (78) for 6 Jones
15
16
Kevin Lloyd





Gary Pinch
16
17
Matt Sargent





Boxan Dixon
17
 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Yellow



    Despite including three pairs of brothers The Nomads were no match for Bangor who took the lead inside ten minutes and never looked back.
   With new signings Paul McManus and Andy Mitchell watching from the bench it was leading goalscorer Chris Sharp who opened the scoring on nine minutes when Dave Swanick's deep cross from the right was deflected back to the big striker by Les Davies for a close range finish.
   Moments later former Caernarfon goalkeeper Craig Vernon did well to deny Sion Edwards, and the visitors thought they had equalised when Liam Loughlin netted but City were spared by a linesman's flag. Bangor won a freekick on the edge of the box and Christian Seargeant's shot hit the crossbar with Vernon again beaten. 
   Chris Sharp also raced through to finish confidently but instead of celebrating a goal Sharp was left to contemplate a yellow card as referee Petch decided he had kicked the ball away with the offside flag again held high.
   As City pressed  former Canaries Peter Doran and Teddy Whelan were yellow carded.
   Bangor were not to be denied though and buried the Deeside outfit with a three goal salvo in four minutes before half time.  It began on 41 minutes when Vernon could not hold Kieran Killackey's twenty yard strike and Chris Sharp was on hand to lift the ball over the prone 'keeper.
   On 44 minutes Sion Edwards corner found Les Davies who struck a low drive from the left which found the net through a crowd of players. The blow came on the stroke of half time as Chris Sharp completed his hatrick on 45 minutes after Sion Edwards had turned smartly on Christian Seargeants cross from the left.
HALF TIME 4-0
   City fans got an early look at new signing Paul McManus who came on for Sion Edwards on 46 minutes.  But it was versatile defender Peter Hoy who notched his fourth league goal of the season with a near post header from a 48th minute corner to put City 5-0 up against the long suffering visitors.
   Nomads manager Steve O'Shaughnessy responded by sending on Ronnie Morgan for Phil Clarke but in fairness to "The Rocket" he  struggled to turn the tide with this side already 5-0 adrift.  Christian Seargeant ran in from the right but his shot flew over into the St Pauls End.  Substitute Paul McManus got on the end of a cross from the right but hit the post.
   On 73 minutes the second former Chester youngster Andy Mitchell made his debut - as a replacement for Kieran Killackey - and a minute later watched as fellow new comer Paul McManus latched onto a Les Davies flick, raced clear to beat Vernon and round off the scoring despite the best intentions of trailing centreback Alston.  Six nil it remained and the whistle could not come soon enough for O'Shaughnessy's ragged Nomads.
   Ten minutes from time Chris Sharp made way for Stuart Cook whose calmly taken penalty had been so well received a week ago against cup opponents Rhyl.
   The only sour note of the evening for City was a harsh booking for Les Davies on the 90th minute but it did little to dampen the mood of the City supporters as they cheered the players off at the end of the match.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Chris Sharp
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Liam Loughlin
   REFEREE:  Mark Petch
  ATTENDANCE:  402



32
31 JAN 2009
 Bangor City 1 v 1 Rhyl
The Welsh Cup

 
GOALSCORERS
 Chris Sharp

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Rhyl

1
Paul Smith





Michael Jones
1
2
Dave Swanick





Greg Stones
2
3
Martin Beattie





Chris Roberts
3
4
Michael Johnston





George Horan
4
5
Peter Hoy





Greg Strong
5
6
Christian Seargeant





Mark Connolly
6
7
Marc Limbert





Gareth Owen
7
8
Michael Walsh





Luke Holden
8
9
Les Davies





Neil Roberts
9
10
Chris Sharp





Matt Williams
10
11
Kieran Killackey





Craig Jones
11
12
Kevin Lloyd (80) for 10 Sharp




Josh Johson (70) for 11 Jones
12
14
Sion Edwards (92) for 9 Davies





Jamie Reed (80) for 2 Stones
14
15
Stuart Cook (115) for 11 Killackey





Paul O'Neill (92) for 7 Owen
15
 
GOALSCORERS
 Greg Strong

COLOURS
 Black & White



   Down to ten men from the fifteenth minute, Bangor showed huge pride and commitment to secure a deserved if unlikely win against coast rivals Rhyl. 
   Both sides won early corners which came to nothing, but within the opening fifteen minutes both centrebacks Michael Johnson and Peter Hoy needed treatment to head injuries caused by the elbow then head of veteran striker Neil Roberts.
   There was little obvious pattern of play in the opening exchanges but on sixteen minutes Marc Limbert pushed his head at Chris Roberts, referee Mark Whitby fell over, lept up and cut short the widespread laughter by showing City's captain the red card.  Ten men?  Not again surely...
   City's first real opening came moments later when Chris Sharp was tripped by goalkeeper Jones. No card shown, a freekick sent over and a header off target from Martin Beattie.  The first effort that forced a save came midway through the half when Matt Williams headed straight at Paul Smith from Craig Jones' cross.  Bangor responded with a long throw from Peter Hoy which was cleared back out to the big defender whose goalbound effort was saved by Jones.
   Greg Stones was yellow carded for a foul on Chris Sharp who, minutes later, forced Jones to save from his header as City won their third corner of the afternoon.  Sharp was a thorn in the side of the visitors defence and his surge down the right exposed Roberts but Horan cut out the low cross.  The clearance fell to Martin Beattie whose 45 yard return slipped just over Jones and onto the roof of the net at the St Pauls End.
   Just after the half hour a fourth Bangor corner - won by Les Davies - was half cleared to Mike Walsh who fired over from the right.  Rhyl countered as former TNS utility man Greg Stones found space on the right but pulled his low shot into the side netting.
   With half time approaching Bangor won a fifth corner through Les Davies but Rhyl cleared.  As frustration grew amongst the visitors Luke Holden and George Horan were yellow carded for various acts of pushing, pulling and then dissent.  The half time whistle went with City very much still in the game despite the one man disadvantage.

HALF TIME 0-0
   Rhyl went close straight from the restart when Luke Holden's cross from the left was headed back across goal by Williams but Paul Smith dived full length to save one handed.  Ten minutes later the yellow card stakes were evened when first Martin Beattie and then Kieran Killackey were adjudged to have fouled.
   Holden crossed once more and this time Williams, a one time Manchester United trainee, headed wide. If anything the visitors looked more like scoring now and won their second corner which was only cleared thanks to some brave defending by Peter Hoy and Michael Johnson. 
   Minutes later though - on 67 to be precise - City snatched the lead.  Chris Sharp raced down the right with Kieran Killackey for company, but the tall striker rode a couple of challenges on the edge of the box.  From a tight angle he fired at the near post and jumped for joy as the ball flashed through goalkeeper Jones and into the net. 
   Rhyl responded by replacing Craig Jones with another Wrexham old boy Josh Johnson who, in reality, made little impression.  With ten minutes to go Kevin Lloyd replaced goalscorer Sharp and Jamie Reed came on for Stones. For the final few minutes Rhyl pressed and City kept them at bay. Until the 88th when a fourth corner was hooked back from beyond the far post by Neil Roberts for Greg Strong to head home through a crowd of defenders.
   The visitors might now have grabbed a win through a couple more set pieces but Paul Smith, Hoy and co stood firm and extra time was signalled at the end of normal play.
   FIRST PERIOD
  
More changes as Sion Edwards came on for Les Davies and Paul O'Neill for Gareth Owen. Edwards announced his arrival with a direct run which yielded a freekick outside the box.  Christian Seargeant's curler nearly got the better of Jones. Rhyl went close three times in as many minutes, first Jamie Reed with a low shot saved by Paul Smith who then kept out efforts from Josh Johnson and Reed once again.
   SECOND PERIOD
  
The opening exchanges saw Neil Roberts, Sion Edwards and then Mark Connolly go close otherwise both sides appeared to have one eye on the dreaded spot kicks.  However Connolly went close once more, and Stuart Cook replaced a tired out Kieran Killackey with four mintues left. So on to the penalties...
   PENALTY SHOOT OUT
  
Shooting into the Farrar End, Rhyl went first through Neil Roberts whose effort hit the bar and over.  City's first kick was converted by Christian Seargeant for a one nil advantage.  Matt Williams and Peter Hoy converted with calm assurance for 2-1.  Likewise Jamie Reed and Sion Edwards for 3-2 (from three each).
   Calamity befell Luke Holden who capped an indifferent display with a corner saved by the diving Paul Smith.
   Up stepped newcomer Stuart Cook.  If he scored City were through.  And he did! Low to his left and just out of reach of the despairing Jones.  What a moment for the youngster and for just about everyone else!
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Peter Hoy
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Mark Connolly
   REFEREE:  Mark Whitby
  ATTENDANCE:  840


31
24 JAN 2009
Aberystwyth 1 v 2 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
 Glyndwr Hugher

COLOURS
 Green & White


Aberystwyth Town





Bangor City

1
Dave Roberts





Paul Smith
1
2
Sion James





Dave Swanick
2
3
Gareth Hughes
62



51
Peter Hoy
3
4
Aneurin Thomas
22



30 Mike Johnston
4
5
Christian Edwards




42 Jamie Brewerton
5
6
Glyndwr Hughes





Chris Seargeant
6
7
Chris Venables
42



Marc Limbert
7
8
Bari Morgan
38


43
Mike Walsh
8
9
Graham Evans
42




Les Davies
9
10
Ross Stephens




Chris Sharp
10
11
Geoff Kellaway




83
Kieran KIllackey
11
12
Andy Evans (87) for 9 Evans





Martin Beattie (69) for 6 S'rgeant 12
14
Kristian James





Sion Edwards (87) for  9 Davies 14
15
Colin Reynolds





Stuart Cook
15
16






Matt Sargent
16
17
Number in yellow card box denotes time [6 Seargeant was not booked]
17
 
GOALSCORERS
 Chris Sharp
  Mike Walsh

COLOURS
 Blue

    With red and yellow cards flashing all around Bangor did well to keep their heads and emerge from Park Avenue with three points on the back of a strong all round team display.
    Attacking the sea end Bangor stole the initiative with two early corners from which Kieran Killackey and then Chris Sharp went close.  Sharp might have put City ahead when he pressed the nervous Roberts into dropping the ball, but the tall striker lifted over with back to goal.  Aber struck back with a run from Glyndwr Hughes, Michael Johnson tackled bravely but needed treatment to continue.
   With Johnson off the field Aber capitalised and Paul Smith did well to keep out Hughes' clean header.  City continued to press with a third corner before Aneurin Thomas headed wide from the home side's first.  Some chasing and harrying from midfielders Mike Walsh and Christian Seargeant on the left created an opening for Chris Sharp but he fired wide from eight yards. 
   On 22 minutes the first yellow card - like the first daffodil of spring - as Aneurin Thomas pulled Christian Seargeant down as both had contested a ball out of play close to half way.  Bari Morgan, ever irritable yet beloved of officials, fell over in the home box and claimed he had been fouled.  Aber were now equal partners in proceedings and left peg Ross Stephens fired low on target from 25 yards which Paul Smith was relieved to gather off the post.
   On 29 minutes City had the lead.  Michael Johnson cleared, Les Davies flicked on and Chris Sharp calmly slotted the ball wide of Roberts after a straight run on goal.  Moments later Johnson was the second yellow card for a foul on Bari Morgan which might have gone either way. However a freekick was awarded to Aber and lanky midfielder Chris Venables also managed to hit the post and see the rebound again smothered by Paul Smith.
   City won a throw on the right, close to the corner. Peter Hoy delivered and all the Bangor players in the box and those supporters in the corner shouted loudly for a penalty.  No deal. With little more than seven minutes to half time Bari Morgan checked Christian Seargeant in the box. An indirect freekick for obstruction was awarded when a penalty seemed inevitable. City's midfielder was apparently booked in the process. With the goal little more than eight yards away a clean strike was near impossible and the chance was gone.
   On 42 minutes Jamie Brewerton and Chris Venables were yellow carded for a squabble in midfield. Even the well mannered Graham Evans was cautioned for questioning a linesman's decision.  A minute later Mike Walsh joined the group following a mistimed challenge on half way.  He took the tally to seven.
   City could contemplate a first half lead. But Chris Venables had other ideas, his clever chip sent Glyndwr Hughes free, and as Paul Smith dashed out the veteran winger calmly clipped the ball into the empty net.  A touch harsh given the balance of play although the home side had hit the post twice. Aber then nearly grabbed the lead on 50 minutes when right winger Geoff Kellaway saw his clean strike held by Paul Smith.  So one all at the interval it stayed.
HALF TIME 1-1
   That the opening goal of the second period was timed at 48 minutes, three before the first half ended, says something about the nonesense of modern timings.  However few blues followers would care much about that.  A measured loft forward from Peter Hoy sent Chris Sharp galloping down the left.  He fired in near post where Les Davies was lurking, the home defence deflected the ball away from goal but only into the path of Mike Walsh who netted from six yards.
   Moments later Les Davies charged on goal but Roberts saved well.  The 8th booking on 51 minutes came as Peter Hoy blocked the path of Kelloway.  Referee Harms then had to deal with an altercation between Jamie Brewerton and Bari Morgan. City's centre half was shown red then yellow, the spiteful agitant nothing. Marc Limbert now switched to rightback with Dave Swanick alongside the purposeful figure of Michael Johnson.
   On the hour Aber fought their way into the Bangor box which was now being manned by Peter Hoy who had pushed in along side Michael Johnson.  Gareth Hughes fell to the floor and sat in the box waiting for his prize. Referee Harms consulted his assistand and promptly cautioned the former Newtown midfielder who responded with an expletive, aimed it could be argued at the whole at large. Referee Harms then showed him a red card which brought the teams back to even sides at ten apiece.
   Ross Stephens appeared on the left to strike goalwards but Paul Smith saved well. On 69 minutes Martin Beattie replaced a weary looking Christian Seargeant and played an inviting cross which Roberts bungled but Kieran Killackey, who had enjoyed a productive afternoon, sliced wide.
   With twenty minutes remaining Glyndwr Hughes forced a good save from Paul Smith. Five minutes later Les Davies stormed the Dias Stand goal with a powerful run. His shot was blocked and as the chance fell to Chris Sharp so too his effort was beaten away by the desperate home defenders, to the evident relief of the youthful Seasider supporters.
   Ten minutes from time Chris Sharp ran past Christian Edwards and the tall defender's lunging challenge was nowhere near the ball but close enough to trip the striker.  Last man as he was, Referee Harms rightly brought his red card out of hiding for the third and final time.
   Seven minutes remained when Kieran Killackey joined the legion of the yellow card for a trip on half way.  Aber were by now ragged but forceful and with nothing to lose pushed forward at every opportunity. Marc Limbert was central to City's survival effort with some neat passing and close control. On 87 minutes Sion Edwards replaced Les Davies who had worked hard upfront, and Graham Evans made way for the well travelled Andy Evans.  The final clear cut chance fell to Bangor when Paul Smith, who coped bravely with some high crossed, punched clear and Sion Edwards raced for goal. He passed to Chris Sharp but his shot was blocked once more and - eventually - the whistle blew on an afternoon of high drama, eleven yellow and three red cards.  And more importantly three points.

   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Michael Johnson
   MoM OPPOSITION
   Glyndwr Hughes
   REFEREE:  Andrew Harms
ATTENDANCE:  335


30
17 JAN 2009
 Bangor City 0 v 1 Neath
WELSH PREMIER

 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Neath

1
Paul Smith





Wyn Walters
1
2
Dave Swanick





Kyle Graves
2
3
Peter Hoy





Jack Jenkins
3
4
Michael Johnston





Sean Cronin
4
5
Jamie Brewerton





Steve Evans
5
6
Christian Seargeant





David Burrows
6
7
Marc Limbert





Stephen Pocket
7
8
Michael Walsh





Chris Pridham
8
9
Les Davies





Richard French
9
10
Chris Sharp





Andy Hill
10
11
Kieran Killackey





Dale Evans
11
12
Kevin Lloyd (75) for 3 Hoy




Kerry Morgan (75) for 10 Hill
12
14
Sion Edwards (65) for 2 Swanick





Dion Chambers (81) for 9 French
14
15
Stuart Cook (65) for 11 Killackey





Jarrod Price (90) for 3 Jenkins
15
16
Gareth Sharp






16
 
GOALSCORERS
 Dale Evans

COLOURS
 Yellow



   The kick off first home game of 2009 was preceded by a minute's warm applause in memory of City fan Mark Jones who died before Christmas. His young daughter led the players onto the pitch and much of what happened in the ninety minutes which followed paled into insignificance.
  However what did happen was the Neath snatched the only goal of a poor match dominated by a strong wind gusting from behind the Farrar End where most of the home support stayed for both halves.
   Former Barry Town striker Richard French fired the first salvo with a powerful drive at Paul Smith after what looked like a run from an offside position on the right. Pushed forwards by the wind Neath forced half a dozen first half corners at the St Pauls End  and the second of these came after another run from French - this time from inside his own half - and forced a good save from Paul Smith after a neat side step took out Peter Hoy.
   On the half hour, with City now enjoying an equal share of the action, Sean Cronin was yellow carded for a second clash wth Chris Sharp whom he had clearly been assigned to upset.  Moments later a cross from Marc Limbert was headed too close to Wyn Walters by Jamie Brewerton. 
   With half time approaching and the wind now firmly backed up by driving rain, Neath became more frantic.  Only some brave defending by Michael Johnson kept French out and conceded a fourth corner.  City's best chance of the half came in the closing minutes as Marc Limbert's freekick dropped to Chris Sharp whose hurried effort flashed wide from beyond the far post.
   Referee Kevin Morgan, on his first whistle stop tour of Bangor, blew for the interval and a blank scorelines was just about right.
HALF TIME 1-2
   With the wind now boosting Bangor, home fans were in confident mood.  Inside the opening ten minutes a long high clearance from Paul Smith bounced goalwards and forced a last gasp save from opposite number Walters and a first Bangor corner.  The resulting cross ended with Walters clutching a Michael Johnson header above his head.
   On the hour came a moment of indecision and the only goal.  A high clearance was held up by the wind, Jamie Brewerton mid judged his clearance, Richard French supplied Dale Evans and the former Newport midfielder finished with a clean low drive into the corner.
   This prompted Nev Powell to make changes and on 65 minutes Sion Edwards and home debutant Stuart Cook replaced Dave Swanick and Kieran Killackey.  Five minutes later it appeared to have worked but Les Davies' header was easily held by Walters.  Two more subs on 75 minutes as Kerry Morgan came on for Andy Hill and City sent on Kevin Lloyd for Peter Hoy who looked - and was - thoroughly sodden.
   From wide on the wings both Chris Sharp and then Sion Edwards fired across goal in the same move, before substitute Morgan placed a low drive from the right at the foot of the near post and forced Paul Smith to push round for a corner.  Bangor cleared and tried to create a clear chance but had to be satisfied with a long range effort from Michael Johnson.
   As time ebbed away Les Davies twice and Kevin Lloyd once went close but the final action of the afternoon was a yellow card shown to Sion Edwards for contesting a decision.  The whistle blew and Neath celebrated wildly, three points gained after a long time on the bus.  City will bounce back but today the weather came out on top.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Michael Johnson
   MoM OPPOSITION
  J
   REFEREE:  Kevin Morgan
  ATTENDANCE:  414


29
13 JAN 2009
Aberystwyth 2 v 4 Bangor City
Loosemores Cup
 
GOALSCORERS
 Christn Edwards
 Geoff Kellaway

COLOURS
 Green & White


Aberystwyth Town





Bangor City

1
Dave Roberts





Paul Smith
1
2
Sion James





Dave Swanick
2
3
Gareth Hughes





Peter Hoy
3
4
Aneurin Thomas





Mike Johnston
4
5
Christian Edwards





Jamie Brewerton
5
6
Colin Reynolds





Chris Seargeant
6
7
Chris Venables





Marc Limbert
7
8
Bari Morgan





Mike Walsh
8
9
Graham Evans





Les Davies
9
10
Andy Evans




Chris Sharp
10
11
Geoff Kellaway





Kieran KIllackey
11
12
Glyndwr Hughes (72) for 3 Hughes





Martin Beattie (74) for 6 Seargeant 12
14
Rob Evans (56) for 6 Reynolds





Stuart Cook  14
15
Steve Bowen





Kevin Lloyd (92) for 9 Davies
15
16
Josh Hartnell






16
17
Josh Hartrick?






17
 
GOALSCORERS
 Chris Sharp 3
  Mike Walsh

COLOURS
 Blue

   Bangor clinched a  Loosemores Cup Final place with a stirring win at Park Avenue against an Aberystwyth side who fought to the last minute. And as in the previous match at Haverfordwest, the hero of the hour was Chris Sharp who led the way with a well taken hatrick.
   Trailing 2-1 from the first leg at Farrar Road, City opened the scoring on fifteen minutes.  A long throw from Peter Hoy was not properly cleared, Christian Seargeant crossed back into the middle, Les Davies flicked on for Chris Sharp to head home from close range, the attentions of Christian Edwards. That made the scores level on aggregate but Aber maintained the away goals advantage.
   Bangor were on top and home 'keeper Dave Roberts was by far the busier of the two, with veteran defenders Aneurin Thomas, Christian Edwards and Colin Reynolds struggling to contain goalscorer Sharp and strike partner Les Davies. The best of those chances created by the home side fell to young Geoff Kellaway and Chris Venables whose decision to stay put at Park Avenue was a boost for The Seasiders. Neil Morgan blew for the break with just that solitary Sharp strike to separate the two sides despite City having had by far the better of things.
HALF TIME  0-1
   If the first half had been promising, the second was explosive.  Five minutes after the restart Bangor had the lead.  Chris Sharp was involved in the build up as Mike Walsh scored from outside the box for a 2-0 lead and 3-2 overall advantage.
   On 55 minutes it was 3-0 and seemingly all over.  Peter Hoy's throw was touched on by Les Davies and Chris Sharp netted at full stretch from six yards.  Aber responded by sending on local youngster Rob Evans for Colin Reynolds.  Moments later Sharp nearly completed his hatrick with a run on goal but just failed to beat Roberts. If City thought they were home and dry they were wrong.  With 64 minutes gone Christian Edwards pulled one back after a good save from Paul Smith for Aber to cut the deficit to 3-1 on the night and 4-3 overall.
   The home side, urged on by a sizeable crowd, now pushed for a second goal and Jamie Brewerton and Michael Johnson were at full stretch to keep them at bay.  Both sides made changes with Glyndwr Hughes coming on for namesake Gareth and Martin Beattie replacing Christian Seargeant. With just over five minutes left on the clock young winger Geoff Kellaway, a product of the Aber youth system, put the cat amongst the pigeons with a close range finish to make it 3-2 and 4-4 overall. But Bangor still held the slender advantage of an extra away goal which would prove decisive if that was the scoreline at ninety minutes.
   However with both sides going on the attack it was Bangor who struck the decisive blow.  A pass from industrious midfielder Kieran Killackey picked out Chris Sharp who beat Roberts once again for his hatrick and a 4-2 lead, and 5-4 aggregate win.
   A tremendous win for Bangor and Cup final to look forward to, praise to for Mr Morgan who got through the ninety without showing a card to either side.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Chris Sharp
   MoM OPPOSITION
   Geoff Kellaway
   REFEREE:  Neil Morgan
ATTENDANCE:  433


28
10 JAN 2009
Haverfordwest 0 v 2 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Haverfordwest





Bangor City

1
Lee Idzi





Paul Smith
1
2
Terry Evans





Dave Swanick
2
3
Craig Hanford





Peter Hoy
3
4
Paul Michael





Mike Johnston
4
5
Gareth Elliot





Jamie Brewerton
5
6
Dylan Blain





Chris Seargeant
6
7
Mike Hartley





Marc Limbert
7
8
Neil Thomas





Mike Walsh
8
9
Nick Woodrow





Les Davies
9
10
Jack Christopher




Chris Sharp
10
11
Luke Bowen





Kieran KIllackey
11
12
Dyfan Pierce (66) for 9 Woodrow





Martin Beattie (82) for 6 Seargeant 12
14
Lee Jarman (46) for 4 Michael





Stuart Cook (87) for 9 Davies
14
15
Luke Robinson (76) for 3 Hanford





Kevin Lloyd
15
16







16
17







17
 
GOALSCORERS
 Chris Sharp

COLOURS
 Yellow

    What seemed like an age since the Boxing Day win at Caernarfon, City repeated the feat at New Bridge Meadow and were once again denied a more emphatic win by a goalkeeper called Lee.
   That the game went ahead at all was both a tribute to the groundstaff and the willingness of both sets of players. The pitch itself was crusty and dry and reminscent in someways of a dry midsummer surface.
    This time it was young Lee Idzi who took over where Guinion had left off to thwart Bangor with a series of impressive saves.  Nevertheless two contrasting first half goals from leading goalscorer Chris Sharp guaranteed City all three points against Derek Brazil's County side.
   Driven forward by the wind Haverfordwest tended to hit the long ball and hope for something to open up.  That it didnt was down to some strong defending from blues centrebacks Michael Johnson and Jamie Brewerton who dealt with the double strike force of Woodrow and Christopher.
   The opening goal came on ten minutes.  Chris Sharp played the ball out to Christian Seargeant who crossed deep from the left, Idzi was for once undecided, and Chris Sharp darted to the back post to score with close range finish.
   Christian Seargeant went close to doubling the lead when he received Sharp's pass out on the left but watched his curling effort bounce wide of the far post.
   Ten minutes before the interval City doubled their advantage. A clearance from Paul Smith was headed on by Les Davies, clipped forward by Mike Walsh and controlled by Chris Sharp whose long range strike beat the diving Idzi into the corner of the net.  As half time beckoned City's leading goalscorer might have secured his hatrick as he ran through on goal, but a well timed challenge from the experience Terry Evans saved the day for the home side.
HALF TIME  0-2
   Playing with the wind did not seem to suit City as well, whilst County were forced to pass from the back which in turn aided their cause to some extent.
   However the chances still came Bangor's way.  Chris Sharp, Les Davies and Christian Seargeant all went close as the home defence struggled to come to terms, despite the introduction at half time of the powerful figure of Lee Jarman.
   With twenty minutes left Mike Hartley crossed from the right but Jack Christopher effort was palmed over the bar by City keeper Paul Smith. On 76 minutes Jamie Brewerton was cautioned for a foul on Christopher on the edge of the box.  Neil Thomas took the freekick but his effort flew well over the bar and, effectively, Bangor were home and dry.  Christian Seargeant passed infield to Mike Walsh and his low shot forced Idzi into a low sprawling save.
   In the closing ten minutes County had former blues midfielder Neil Thomas carded, along with Jack Christopher. City sent on Martin Beattie for Christian Seargeant and in the closing minutes offered a debut to Stuart Cook who came on for Les Davies. But this did nothing to change the scoreline and Bangor celebrated an impressive win and three points which meant the blues return to fourth place in the table.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Mike Walsh
   MoM OPPOSITION
   Lee Idzi
   REFEREE:  Brian James
ATTENDANCE:  209



27
26 DEC 2008
Caernarfon Town 0 v 2 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Yellow & Green


Caernarfon





Bangor City

1
Lee Guinion





Paul Smith
1
2
Mark Dermott





Dave Swanick
2
3
Paul Rudkin





Peter Hoy
3
4
Dave Brookes





Mike Johnston
4
5
Dave Ridler





Jamie Brewerton
5
6
Tom Grice





Chris Seargeant
6
7
Steve Johnston





Marc Limbert
7
8
Lee Furlong





Mike Walsh
8
9
Ian Dawes





Les Davies
9
10
Mike Garrity




Chris Sharp
10
11
Jon Humphries





Sion Edwards
11
12
Andy Jackson





Martin Beattie 12
14
James Thomas (66) for 11 Humphr's





Kieran Killackey (24) for 11 Ed'ds
14
15
Rob Hughes (87) for 3 Rudkin





Kevin Lloyd (87) for 9 Daviese
15
16






Clive Williams
16
17






Matt Sargent
17
 
GOALSCORERS
  Jamie Brewerton
  Chris Sharp

COLOURS
 Blue & White

    Bangor ended 2008 with a convincing win at Caernarfon for whom goalkeeper Lee Guinion was simply outstanding as he stood alone at times against a blue onslaught. Add a penalty save from Paul Smith and eleven booking - including both goalkeepers - from Bethesda ref Lee Evans and you have a flavour of the Christmas cracker which warmly entertained the 1000+ crowd at The Oval.
   There were signs of things to come as City forced four corners in the opening ten minutes and saw both Sion Edwards and Jamie Brewerton go close as the veteran Dave Ridler and Guinon worked overtime to keep the scoreline blank. As pressure mounted Chris Sharp fired a clean strike at the near post from the right but the busy keeper saved in his midrift.
   If Caernarfon harboured hopes of an upset they rested on the shoulders of Lee Furlong.  His run on the right ended in a hard hit shot which Paul Smith did well to block.  The loose ball ran to Steve Johnston but his quickfire effort slid across goal.  Bangor were in command, the home side dangerous on the break, blues left winger Sion Edwards enjoying a tussle with Mark Dermott
   From a seventh Bangor corner on the left Marc Limbert's near post delivery was flicked on by Les Davies but Jamie Brewerton placed his header just wide of the far post.  Peter Hoy saw his header cleared off the line. With 24 minutes on the clock Sion Edwards limped off to be replaced by Kieran Killackey with Christian Seargeant switching to the left. The pugnacious midfielder proceeded to dominate affairs and allow City to attack in waves.
   Referee Evans yellow carded Dave Swanick for what appeared a good tackle infront of the home dugout and immediately added Marc Limbert's name to his tally.  Against the run of play Caernarfon had a penalty for a trip by Brewerton on Steve Johnston but the diminutive striker could not take the advantage as Paul Smith dived to his right and pulled off an excellent save.
   On 33 minutes Bangor had the lead.  Peter Hoy's long throw from the left was headed on by Les Davies to Chris Sharp who hit the crossbar and Jamie Brewerton was on hand to net the rebound from close range with a well placed header.  City looked set to double the lead when Sharp pulled back for Kieran Killackey to sidefoot on target but Guinion saved. The dangerous Lee Furlong capped a fine passing move with a clean strike which was well saved by Paul Smith as Caernarfon continued to threaten on the break.
   A full lengh gather from Paul Smith was interpreted as a backpass.  Smith was perplexed and yellow carded for his thoughts and a close range freekick awarded but Bangor charged down Garrity's effort and the danger passed. In the closing moments Mark Dermott and Dave Ridler had their names taken by Mr Evans, Peter Hoy headed off target and the whistle blew.
HALF TIME  0-1
   The second half narrowly failed to live up to the first in terms of clear chances; both sides pressed as Mr Evans remained vigilant.
   Christian Seargeant was making hay on the left and his early curling effort was repelled by Guinion.  Canaries midfielder Mike Garrity had hopes of an equaliser when his chip through released Lee Furlong but Michael Johnston was able to block. The rarity of both goalkeepers being booked was secured when Lee Guinion loudly protested that an advantage would suit his side better than an offside freekick. On the hour Mike Walsh was also carded for a push.
   Moments later Caernarfon should have levelled when Furlong pounced on Brewerton's mistake but his rising effort crashed against the crossbar and was hacked clear.  Left side midfielder Jon Humphreys was yellow carded for a foul on Marc Limbert and promptly replaced by James Thomas.
    Bangor were now in attack mode and Guinion pulled off some superb saves from Christian Seargeant and Chris Sharp.  Blues striker Les Davies ran into the box from the left, was tripped but stayed on his feet. No penalty, the ball ran to Marc Limbert who shot over from the right. Peter Hoy nodded down to Christian Seargeant who thought he had scored by Guinion continuted his defiance with a great push over for City's twelth corner.
   Christian Seargeant found Les Davies on the left but his low cross was guided off target by Marc Limbert. With twelve minutes to go Les Davies shot over from outside the box, then Guinion again saved acrobatically from Chris Sharp who could scarcely believe he had not scored. Caernarfon countered and the lanky Garrity headed wide when well placed.
   On 85 minutes City were home and dry.  A strong run from Kieran Killackey to the left created gaps in the home defence, he looked to find Chris Sharp on his right and his well placed curler beat the diving Guinion inside the right post. City fans celebrated, the locals went home, and in the final moments Kevin Lloyd replaced a weary Les Davies and home debutant Rudkin made way for Rob Hughes.  Referee Evans blew for time and the City supporters applauded a hard fought victory on a difficult Oval pitch and celebrated three important points gathered.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Kieran Killackey
   MoM OPPOSITION
   Lee Guinion
   REFEREE:  Lee Evans
ATTENDANCE:  1027



26
20 DEC 2008
AFC Llanelli 4 v 3 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
  Rhys Griffiths 2
  Stuart Jones
  Jordan Follows

COLOURS
 Red


Llanelli





Bangor City

1
Ryan Lewis





Paul Smith
1
2
Lee Phillips





Dave Swanick
2
3
Stuart Jones





Martin Beattie
3
4
Wyn Thomas





Mike Johnston
4
5
Andy Legg





Peter Hoy
5
6
Nick Holland





Chris Seargeant
6
7
Steve Evans





Marc Limbert
7
8
Mark Pritchard





Mike Walsh
8
9
Antonia Corbisiero





Les Davies
9
10
Rhys Griffiths




Chris Sharp
10
11
Jordan Follows





Sion Edwards
11
12
Matt Jones (89) for 8 Pritchard





Kieran Killackey 12
14
Craig Jones (45) for 6 Holland





Kevin Lloyd 14
15
Gary Lloyd





John Corrigan (87) for 3 Beattie
15
16
Ross Jones





Clive Williams
16
17






Matt Sargent
17
 
GOALSCORERS
  Les Davies 2
  Chris Sharp

COLOURS
 Blue & White

     City slipped to defeat in this seven goal thriller at Stebonheath and must have felt they deserved at least a share of the spoils.  The opening five minutes set the scene as Jordan Follows lofted over, Steve Evans fired wide and Christian Seargeant caught young Ryan Lewis off his line but was denied as the ball seemed set to roll into the unguarded net.
   The opening goal came from the inevitable Andy Legg long throw from the right which arrowed flat to the far post for the inrushing Stuart Jones to guide home from twelve yards.  Follows ran in on goal but a well time intervention from Martin Beattie ended the danger. But on the half hour Bangor were level as Chris Sharp raced onto Les Davies flick through to beat Lewis with an emphatic right footed drive from the edge of the box.
   Five minutes later Llanelli regained the advantage when Rhys Griffiths diverted Wyn Thomas' low freekick past Paul Smith from close range.  Then with half time fast approaching The Reds grabbed a crucial third goal.  Antonio Corbisiero released fullback Lee Phillips on the right, his deep cross found Rhys Griffiths rising at the far post to head in off the upright beyond the startled Paul Smith.
   The presence of the towering Griffiths may be one which sees the championship remain at Stebonheath and certainly he was the main reason behind the half time 3-1 difference betweent the two sides  So four goals in the first half and every indication of more to follow after the mince pies...
HALF TIME  3-1
   At half time Llanelli brought on Craig Jones for Nicky Holland.  But it was Bangor who seized the initiative with a goal three minutes after the restart.  Peter Hoy lobbed the ball forwards, Wyn Thomas tried to barge Les Davies who stood firm to chip the goalkeeper from just outside the box.
   Both sides were forced into goal line clearances with Les Davies denied and then Martin Beattie sliding in to deny Llanelli.  But Bangor were not to be denied and Christian Seargeant through ball invited a run from Les Davies which he capitalised with a right footed thump past the startled Lewis to level the scores with fifteen minutes remaining.
   What proved to be the winning goal for Llanelli came two minutes later. A run and shot on the right by Holland saw Paul Smith parry a shot which rolled to the feet of Jordan Follows who netted from the close range.
   City were not ready to give up and Marc Limbert spotted Chris Sharp in space on the right, but his clean strike was bravely saved by Lewis at his near post.  Manager Nev Powell sent on John Corrigan for Martin Beattie in the closing minutes. But another Bangor attack ended in a corner from the right which was eventually gathered by Lewis and immediately followed by the final whistle. 
   So defeat but not dishonour against the reigning champions who had won 2-0 at Farrar Road in August and seem, as last year, likely to be top or very close to top when the season ends in May. A word for Port Talbot official Phil Southall who did not resort to a card of any shape or colour throughout the ninety minutes.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Les Davies
   MoM OPPOSITION
   Rhys Griffiths
   REFEREE:  Phil Southall
ATTENDANCE:  322



25
9 December 2008
 Bangor City 1 v 2 Aberystwyth
Loosemores Cup

 
GOALSCORERS
 Chris Sharp

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Aberystwyth

1
Paul Smith





Dave Roberts 1
2
Peter Hoy





Kristian James
2
3
Martin Beattie





Gareth Hughes
3
4
Michael Johnston





Aneurin Thomas
4
5
Jamie Brewerton





Colin Reynolds
5
6
Christian Seargeant





Christian Edwards
6
7
Marc Limbert





Andy Evans
7
8
Michael Walsh





Bari Morgan
8
9
Les Davies





Graham Evans
9
10
Chris Sharp





Luke Sherborn
10
11
Sion Edwards





Geoff Kellaway
11
12
Kevin Lloyd (69) for 4 Johnston




Sean Evans 12
14
Kieran Killackey (65) for 8Walsh




Stuart Fraser
14
15
John Corrigan





Dan James
15
16
Clive Williams






16
17
Matthew Sargent







 
GOALSCORERS
 Luke Sherborn

COLOURS
 Black & Green



   Aberystwyth take a single goal advantage into the second leg at Park Avenue last week thanks to a brace of goals from midfielder Luke Sherborn.
   But this was far from a second best performance by a Bangor side who controlled much of the game and led from the third minute.  They also applied the pressure which led to the visitors conceding five yellow and one red card.
   The early lead came in the third minute.  A cross into the box found Sion Edwards whose clean strike was saved by Aberystwyth goalkeeper Dave Roberts.  The ball ran away from the goal, Chris Sharp gave chase, and for no obvious reason the young stopper brought him down. Referee Lee Evans gave the penalty which Chris Sharp duly converted.
   Bangor were on the charge now and chances came but were not taken.  Jamie Brewerton hit the upright with Roberts well beaten with a twenty yard effort.  Names were taken though, the first on 26 minutes, the usual suspect Bari Morgan, who ran foul of Referee Evans.  Five minutes later he was joined in the book by midfielder Luke Sherborn.  City continued to press for a second goal and big Les Davies must have wondered what he had to do as one goalbound effort was blocked and second deflected for a corner. 
   Midfielder Christian Seargeant saw his rising effort clear the crossbar, and then from another blues corner both Peter Hoy and goalscorer Chris Sharp were denied.  Young goalkeeper Dave Roberts was in the thick of the action along with veteran defenders Aneurin Thomas and Colin Reynolds.
   But on 35 minutes the wasted chances came home to roost.  Gareth Hughes passed to Luke Sherborn and the talented young midfielder scored confidently from twelve yards to level the scores. There was still time for Les Davies to fire just wide as City struck back and for former Caersws striker Graham Evans to see his name written in the officials' notebook.  Half time one all.
HALF TIME 1-1
   With minutes of the restart Bangor again went close.  Sion Edwards ran on goal but goalkeeper Roberts smothered the ball at his feet.  Kristian James joined the growing list of Seasiders in the referee's book.
   On 57 minutes centre forward Andy Evans was yellow carded for a wild challenge.  Five minutes later the visitors stole what seemed like an unlikely lead when Luke Sherborn's freekick seemed to deceive the blues defence and roll into the net.
   If this was rough justice it sparked Bangor into more pressure on the Aber goal and one final action for the referee as he displayed a second yellow and red card to Andy Evans for another foul with eleven minutes remaining.  Bangor boss Nev Powell rang the changes with Kevin Lloyd and Kieran Killackey replacing Michael Johnston and Mike Walsh but the visitors stood firm and defender their lead despite the late numerical disadvantage.
   With two minutes remaining Felinfach youngster Dan James replaced a tired looking Graham Evans.
   This result leaves Aber as favourites ahead of the second leg at Park Avenue, but Bangor are still in with a shout and doubtless manager Nev Powell will be confident his side can upset the odds at Park Avenue next week.

   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Sion Edwards
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Luke Sherborn
   REFEREE:  Lee Evans
  ATTENDANCE:  232


24
6 DEC 2008
Prestatyn 2 v 2 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
  Ian Griffiths
  Karl Murray

COLOURS
 Green & White


Prestatyn





Bangor City

1
Jon Dunt





Paul Smith
1
2
Jamie Duffy





Dave Swanick
2
3
Jack Lewis





Peter Hoy
3
4
Russ Jones





Mike Johnston
4
5
Bevan Humphreys





James Brewerton
5
6
Mike Parker





Chris Seargeant
6
7
Steve Harris





Marc Limbert
7
8
Neil Gibson





Mike Walsh
8
9
Ian Griffiths





Les Davies
9
10
Gareth Davies




Chris Sharp
10
11
Dan Evans





Sion Edwards
11
12
Glyn Lewis





Martin Beattie (64) for 11 Edwards 12
14
Adie Hoyle





Kieran Killackey
14
15
Steve Bowes (64) for 10 Davies





Kevin Lloyd
15
16
Ethan Woodfine





Matt Sargent
16
17
Karl Murray (76) for 2 Duffy





Caio Iwan
17
 
GOALSCORERS
  Chris Sharp
  Les Davies

COLOURS
 Blue & White

     Another red card proved costly for Bangor who were forced to play the final half hour with ten men and concede a late equaliser to substitute Karl Murray at Bastion Road.
    After a couple of early chances at either end it was City who went ahead on twelve minutes.  Les Davies fed strike parnter Chris Sharp who calmly went round the burly Dunt, and slotted Bangor ahead from ten yards. On 18 minutes the first intervention by Referee Adie, a yellow card for Ian Griffiths' high challenge on Dave Swanick.  The resulting freekick was floated high across the Prestatyn defence but Les Davies just failed to get his head to the ball.  Moments later Les Davies ran on goal, released Sion Edwards on his left but the winger's shot flew off target.
   On twenty minutes the hosts were level. The combative Ian Griffiths capitalised on a mistake by Jamie Brewerton to slide the ball past Paul Smith in the blues goal.  Moments later Dave Swanick was harshly yellow carded for a minor offence.  Bangor were grateful to midfielder Christian Seargeant for a brave challenge on Neil Gibson on the player manager looked to shoot on target.  Prestatyn pressed from ensuing corner with winger Evans shooting wide.
   On the half hour Jamie Brewerton was yellow carded following what looked like a well timed challenge.  Next the miss of the day as goalscorer Griffiths managed to the lift the ball over an open goal from point blank range - with no one in sight.  Bangor might have capitalised and regained the lead but Chris Sharp was denied twice by some determined defending, the vocal Bevan Humphreys in the thick of the action.
   The closing action saw Chris Sharp head over before the promising left winger Dan Evans shot off target.  Along with one time blues midfielder Mike Parker - who has matured since leaving Farrar Road - Evans was the pick of the home side on what could best be described as an undulating pitch.  For City, Chris Sharp up front and Michael Johnston at the back stood out.
HALF TIME  1-1
   No sooner had the second half got underway than Bangor went ahead.  Chris Sharp returned the early favour to slide a ball through for Les Davies to run on goal score with ease on fifteen seconds.  Bangor won their third corner of the afternoon, Marc Limbert crossed but Peter Hoy's header flew wide.  Steve Harris was yellow carded for a foul on Hoy.  Then Bangor pressed for a third, captain Marc Limbert headed on target but struck the woodwork and out for a goalkick.
   On 58 minutes City were down to ten men.  A reckless challenge by Dave Swanick saw his received a second yellow followed by red. Five minutes later a change by both sides.  The prolific Steve Bowes replaced Gareth Davies, Martin Beattie came on for Sion Edwards as City re-organised. Prestatyn won a couple of corners but Bangor stood firm, then Christian Seargeant fired a low freekick just wide as Dunt slid at full stretch.
   With twenty minutes left an overdue yellow card for Bevan Humphreys for yet another foul on Chris Sharp. A deep freekick was headed over by Peter Hoy from the left. With fifteen minutes left debutant Karl Murray came on for Jamie Duffy as Prestatyn pushed for a leveller.  It certainly worked.  Three minutes later it was 2-2 as Karl Murray netted from close range following a goal mouth melee and deep cross from the left. The young striker has been scoring goal in the club's reserves in recent weeks.
   If Prestatyn have a weakness that helped the ten men, it was a tendency to overpass and overplay.  But in these days of long ball wonders, it is admirable problem for Neil Gibson and his side to have.
   As time started to run out Bangor had the ball in the net but an offside flag ruled against, then Steve Bowes flashed wide under pressure from Martin Beattie.  Goalkeeper Dunt saved brilliantly from a fierce strike from Chris Sharp, then Les Davies saw his header drift wide from a Marc Limbert corner. The final effort saw Christian Seargeant fire over after he latched onto a long free kick from Paul Smith.  But it ended all square, the ten men were not beaten, the home sides proud unbeaten record intact.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Chris Sharp
   MoM OPPOSITION
   Mike Parker
   REFEREE:  Darren Adie
ATTENDANCE:  479



23
28 November 2008
 Bangor City 4 v 2 Cefn Druids
WELSH PREMIER

 
GOALSCORERS
 Les Davies 2
 Chris Sharp
 Peter Hoy

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Cefn Druids

1
Paul Smith





Chris Mullock
1
2
Dave Swanick





Mark Powell
2
3
Peter Hoy





Chris Marriott
3
4
Michael Johnston





Andy Edgar
4
5
Jamie Brewerton





Dan Barnett
5
6
Christian Seargeant





Lee Jones
6
7
Marc Limbert





Kevin Holsgrove
7
8
Michael Walsh





Mark Stewart
8
9
Les Davies





Joe Feeney
9
10
Chris Sharp





Ricky Evans
10
11
Sion Edwards





Mike Thomspon
11
12
Kevin Lloyd (71) for 10 Sharp




Aled Rowlands 12
14
Kieran Killackey (71) for 6 S'geant





Geraint Lewis
14
15
Martin Beattie (87) for 11 Edwards





Joe Price
15
16
Caio Iwan






16
17
Jamie Aston







 
GOALSCORERS
 Joe Price
 Joe Feeney

COLOURS
 Yellow & White



   A win at last!  After three straight defeats manager Nev Powell got the win he must have prayed for thanks to a battling display by Sion Edwards and a brace from Les Davies who improved as the game wore on.
  The opening five minutes saw chances at both ends.  First Mike Walsh set up Les Davies on the edge of the box but his shot flew wide.  Then left footed right winger Kevin Holsgrove picked up Mark Stewarts flick but lashed wide from the right.  Cefn thought they had an early goal but Referee Petch ruled a foul on Paul Smith as a corner flew into the Bangor net.
   Sion Edwards had a shot deflected wide, Mike Walsh headed over, but on 14 minutes City had the lead. Christian Seargeant's header found Chris Sharp who slipped but kept the ball on the edge of the box to drive home beyond young 'keeper Chris Mullock.  Sion Edwards and oppposite number Mike Thompson both went close before Mullock saved comfortably from Les Davies.  The first of many yellow cards came on 29 minutes when Mark Stewart fouled Christian Seargeant. 
   The diminutive Stewart chased down the right and saw his rising shot skim the righthand post at The Farrar End before the visitors were forced to make a change, eighteen year old Joe Price coming on for Holsgrove.  The slippery surface seemed to suit the pacey youngster more than the lanky winger he replaced. A misjudgement by Jamie Brewerton allowed Feeney in on goal but Paul Smith smothered his low shot.  Bangor responsed when Sion Edwards sent Chris Sharp through on goal but he fired wide.
   However on 39 minutes the Druids drew level.  A deep cross from Mark Stewart was headed home dramatically by substitute Joe Price for his first goal in the Welsh Premier.  With just three minutes to go before the break Cefn took the lead.  Mike Thompsons's deep corner was returned to Joe Feeney whose clean header from the penalty spot beat Paul Smith, and heralded wild and noisy celebrations by the visiting team in front of the away dugout.
   The whistle blew on a half which had been turned on its head in little more than five closing minutes.
HALF TIME 1-2
   Some strong words no doubt from Nev Powell and chances came to Christian Seargeant and then Les Davies who was warming to his task.  But Cefn might have doubled their lead ten minutes after the interval when Joe Feeney latched onto a cross from the impressive Price but was denied by a great save from Paul Smith.  A turning point?
   It certainly seemed that way when Bangor drew level on the hour. The dynamic Sion Edwards tackled Miek Thompson on the edge of the blues box, picked out Marc Limbert whose first time flick released Les Davies on the left. He crashed a fierce low drive inside Chris Mullock's near post to the delight of the blues support at the Farrar End. Tempers started to fray, Cefn had Joe Feeney and Mike Thomspon booked on 62 and 63 minutes..
   On 64 minutes a Marc Limbert freekick from the left was headed back across goal from Jamie Brewerton for
goal poacher Peter Hoy whose firm header put City ahead. The power of Les Davies was proving more of a problem for Mark Powell, the former Rhyl fullback was relieved to see a low drive from the left footer crash into the side netting.  On 67 minutes more trouble for Wayne Phillips' side.  A clash on the edge of the blues box ended in a yellow card for Jamie Brewerton but a straight red for Joe Feeney whose elbow caught the big defender's face..
   Phillips responded by sending on Geraint Lewis for Mike Thompson who was lucky not to be shown a second yellow moments earlier.  Ricky Evans was working to keep the Druids in the game but his long range effort was easily held by Paul Smith whose save from Feeney now began to look more and more important.
   Bangor sent on Kevin Lloyd and Kieran Killackey for Chris Sharp and Christian Seargeant with some fifteen minutes left.  On 81 minutes it was all over when Les Davies gathered Marc Limbert's return pass from the right, turned and placed the ball low beyond Mullock into the bottom corner. In the remaining ten minutes Geraint Lewis was yellow carded, Kieran Killackey saw a shot held, and Martin Beattie replaced the outstanding Sion Edwards. One final action, Les Davies hit a clean freekick on target but Mullock saved, and that was that.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Sion Edwards
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Joe Price
   REFEREE:  Mark Petch
  ATTENDANCE:  387


22
22 NOV 2008
TNS 2 v 0 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
 John Toner 2

COLOURS
 Green & White


TNS





Bangor City

1
Paul Harrison





Paul Smith
1
2
Phil Baker





Dave Swanick
2
3
Tommy Holmes





Peter Hoy
3
4
Duane Courtney





Mike Johnston
4
5
Michael Taylor





James Brewerton
5
6
John Leah





Chris Seargeant
6
7
Scott Ruscoe





Marc Limbert
7
8
Alex Darlington





Mike Walsh
8
9
Michael Wilde





Les Davies
9
10
Jamie Woods




Chris Sharp
10
11
Craig Williams





Sion Edwards
11
12
John Toner (70) for 8 Darlington





Kieran Killackey 12
14
Alfie Carter (76) for  11 Williams





Martin Beattie
14
15
John McKenna on (90) for 9 Wilde





Kevin Lloyd (84) for 3 Hoy
15
 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Blue & White

     Wasted chances proved costly as Bangor were mugged by former Cemaes striker John Toner whose double strike as substitute proved decisive.
    Boasting the lions share of possession, more shots on and off target and corners won, City should have profited from early chances which fell to strike partners Chris Sharp and Les Davies who both failed to get the better of goalkeeper Harrison. 
   Bangor forced a couple of early corners the second of which was played short to Christian Seargeant.  His cross was headed on by Mike Walsh for Peter Hoy whose first time effort flashed over.  Moments latet the no nonesense defender was in again.  A foul on the right by Duane Courtney on Chris Sharp led to a freekick centred by Marc Limbert.  Hoy raced in but his near post effort again sped wide.  On 17 minutes Mr Whitby showed the yellow card to Peter Hoy.  However a wild two footed lunge by Alex Darlington on Dave Swanick went unpunished.
   Midway through the half Chris Sharp juggled the ball, back to goal, but hooked his effort well wide.  In the following five minutes Bangor totted up three more corners, applied some pressure to the lightweight Harrison, but TNS' four centrebacks stood firm. On the half hour the inevitable controvesy when Dave Swanick's high cross eluded a leaping Les Davies who was under pressure form Michael Taylor.  Davies' claimed a penalty for a push in the back, but Referee Whitby was not convinced.
   City continued to press and a high ball up to Chris Sharp ended in a low effort from Les Davies which Harrson held.  Next a passing move on the edge of the Saints box invited a shot from Christian Seargeant which Harrison grasped.  If Bangor had enjoyed the lions share of possession and chances there was a warning of things to come when rightback Phil Baker trundled down the wing to cross for the unmarked Michael Wilde to head downwards.  City keeper reacted and saved Paul Smith with his feet. 
   Two minutes before the interval Sion Edwards fired on target from a Jamie Brewerton header. But along with City's previous efforts, a lack of power allowed Harrison save comfortably.  Next Phil Baker was yellow carded.  The final action of the first half saw a re-run of Baker's run down the right but this time Wilde's header lacked direction and the halftime whistle blew on a  goalless first half.
HALF TIME  0-0
   In opening minutes a foul by Darlington was made worse by kicking the ball away.  Referee Whitby flashed the yellow; things might have been different if that first half two footed lunge had been noted.  Les Davies crossed from the left but Mike Walsh's first time flick looped up and onto the roof of the net.
   Ten minutes into the second period a foul on Marc Limbert on the edge of the TNS box.  As Christian Seargeant lined up a shot Les Davies raced in but his rising drive cleared the bar.  Christian Seargeant sent Sion Edwards racing down the left, his clean cross invited a header from Mike Walsh but this looped over.
   Chris Sharp ran into the left hand side of the box, could have fallen under pressure but stayed on his feet to shoot goalwards but Harrison held comfortably.  On the hour Craig Williams was yellow carded.  With twenty minutes left Darlington was replaced by John Toner.  Minutes later a warning for Bangor as Mike Wilde crossed from the right and Toner was only denied by a brave challenge from the impressive Michael Johnston.
   Minutes later Craig Williams, who had failed to trouble Dave Swanick, made way for Alfie Carter.  A lengthy stoppage followed for treatment for Michael Johnston on half way.  What followed was two goals in two minutes to knock the stuffing out of Bangor.  First an artistic fall by Carter bought a freekick which intiially looked as if it had gone too deep, but Tommy Holmes and Mike Wilde combined for John Toner to head home from close range.  Then a run down the left by substitute Alfie Carter, a low cross and a confident low first time finish by John Toner again. 
   Bangor responded by sending Kevin Lloyd on for Peter Hoy who had been in the thick of the action throughout.  Young academy product John McKenna replaced Mike Wilde.  But City refused to give up and a late, albeit consolation goal, did come. Marc Limbert crossed from the right, Mike Walsh headed on and Sion Edwards blasted his fourth goal of the season with a 15 yard drive which hinted at what could have been earlier.
   There was no time for a restart, unfair as the four subs alone merited the two minutes added time, with nothing added for the treatment needed by Michael Johnston.  City left empty handed but with heads held high.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Sion Edwards
   MoM OPPOSITION
   John Toner
   REFEREE:  Mark Whitby
ATTENDANCE:  376


21
15 November 2008
 Bangor City 0 v 2 Welshpool Town
WELSH PREMIER

 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Welshpool

1
Paul Smith





Danny Jones
1
2
Dave Swanick





Kevin Jones
2
3
Martin Beattie





John Boardman
3
4
Michael Johnston





George Davies
4
5
Kieran Killackey





Timmy Edwards
5
6
Christian Seargeant





John Keegan
6
7
Marc Limbert





Andy Davies
7
8
Michael Walsh





Richard Harris
8
9
Les Davies





Steve Rogers
9
10
Chris Sharp





Ross Stephens
10
11
Sion Edwards





Paul Roberts
11
12
Kevin Lloyd (69) for 4 Johnston




Max Powell (47) for 2 Davies 12
14
John Corrigan





Will Thomas (57) for 9 Rogers
14
15
Clive Williams





Dale Williams (88) for 14 Thomas
15
16
Matt Sargent






16
17
Alan Morgan







 
GOALSCORERS
 Steve Rogers
 Richard Harris

COLOURS
 Black & White



    A second defeat inside a week for Bangor whose pre match plans fell asunder in the hour before kick off. Already without the suspended Jamie Brewerton, City had to rule out hamstring victim Peter Hoy and watched anxiously as Paul Smith fell awkwardly during the warm up.
  This all meant a rare outing for Mike Walsh at rightback and Dave Swanick forced into action in central defence.  The opening quarter of a pretty plain afternoon of football culminated in a 20 yard effort from Christian Seargeant which visiting 'keeper Danny Jones saved comfortably.  But a minute later Ross Stephens stole the odd fifteen yards before placing a freekick which he curled onto Steve Rogers head for the opening goal.
   Bangor went close to an equaliser within minutes when Les Davies' fierce drive was parried by Jones but Mike Walsh could only send the rebound wide.  Both sides then went through a spell of loose passing which saw possession gained and lost with some regularity.
   Ten minutes before the break a foul by the lumbering Keegan on Chris Sharp was spotted by the official.  A floated freekick from the right for once evaded Timmy Edwards but Les Davies headed over.  Two minutes later Chris Sharp headed onto the roof of the net - many of us thought he had scored - after an inviting cross from Christian Seargeant. Bangor then won their third corner of the afternoon, Marc Limbert crossed but this time Martin Beattie headed wide from a good position.
   Welshpool countered through Richard Harris but his incisive run ended in with a tame shot. The final action of a 49 minute long first half was a leftwing cross form Marc Limbert which found Les Davies but again the header lacked direction.  Referee Jones finally blew for the interval with Welshpool perhaps a little fortunate to be leading by that solitary headed goal.
HALF TIME 0-1
   Two minutes after the interval Welshpool suffered a setback when rightback Kevin Davies had to be replaced by an apprehensive looking Max Powell. But the visitors almost doubled their advantage when Steve Rogers ran into the box from the left but was denied by the persistence of Dave Swanick.  The pressure came back at Bangor with the clearly hampered Paul Smith scrambling to get ball under control.
   Ten minutes after the break goalscorer Rogers was replaced by speedy youngster Will Thomas but it was Bangor who went close.  Chris Sharp raced round Timmy Edwards on the left, the big defender tapped a backpass goalwards but Sharp rushed in to set up Les Davies whose effort clattered into The St Pauls advertising boards
   Referee Mike Jones had scarcely endeared himself to Bangor fans with his refusal to clamp down on some obvious fouls, and went a stage further on 55 minutes when Richard Harris' two footed lunge on Christian Seargeant would surely have earned red rather than yellow in most matches.  After a fourth City corner Les Davies bulldozed in from the left but saw the ball bounce through to Jones.
   On 66 minutes it was two nil.  A dubious freekick awarded on the right by the stand side linesman allowed Ross Stephens to skid a low shot goalwards which was turned in by Richard Harris who, minutes ealrier, might have been walking quietely off.  Bangor responded by replacing Michael Johnston - who had been injured in the goalmouth - with striker Kevin Lloyd. 
   Welshpool won their first corner, Kev Lloyd fired a couple of long range snap shots off target, and Chris Sharp headed Marc Limbert's freekick against the crossbar from six yards.  It was starting to feel like one of those days.  A seventh corner dropped at the feet of Les Davies but his low drive fizzed wide.  Young sub Will Thomas ran into the Bangor box but Paul Smith saved well.
   With 86 minutes gone Martin Beattie was yellow carded for a supposed foul on Paul Roberts.  A Bangor freekick delivered into the box by Christian Seargeant again fell to Les Davies but his calm sidefooted effort slipped wide. Will Thomas blazed over before he was in turn replaced by the burly Dale Williams.  One last effort, Chris Sharp's layoff to Kev Lloyd, but his shot clattered wide and that was that. 
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Sion Edwards
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Timmy Edwards
   REFEREE:  Mike Jones
  ATTENDANCE:  702


20
11 November 2008
 Bangor City 0 v 2 Rhyl
WELSH PREMIER

 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Rhyl

1
Paul Smith





Lee Kendall
1
2
Dave Swanick





Mark Connolly
2
3
Martin Beattie





Greg Stone
3
4
Michael Johnston





George Horan
4
5
Peter Hoy





Greg Stones
5
6
Christian Seargeant





Danny Williams
6
7
Marc Limbert





Gareth Owen
7
8
Michael Walsh





Jamie Reed
8
9
Les Davies





Neil Roberts
9
10
Chris Sharp





Matt Williams
10
11
Sion Edwards





Craig Jones
11
12
John Corrigan  (82) for 6 Seargeant





Gareth Wilson (79) for 6Williams 12
14
Kieran Killackey (60) for 7 Limbert





Josh Johnson
14
15
Kevin Lloyd (67) for 3 Beattie





Paul O'Neill
15
16
John Owen






16
17
Gareth Sharp







 
GOALSCORERS
 Jamie Reed
 Neil Roberts

COLOURS
 Black & White



    Bangor slipped to a two goal defeat against local rivals Rhyl after the visitors took the lead with a sharp freekick midway through the first half.
   Without the suspended Jamie Brewerton there was recall for Martin Beattie at leftback and a move into central defence for Peter Hoy.  Bangor started well enough, although the early chance fell to former Manchester United youngster Matthew Williams who went close for the visitors. A long ball down the middle of the Lilywhites defence was rashly headed clear by Lee Kendall - straight to City midfielder Christian Seargeant.  He moved towards goal before unleashing a powerful drive which just cleared the crossbar. 
   Minutes later the hard working Chris Sharp stole the ball off Rhyl rightback Mark Connolly, passed to Les Davies but his piledriver hit the side nettting.  But on 24 minutes the visitors had the lead.  A foul by Michael Johnston on Matthew Williams led to a freekick which Gareth Owen took quickly to allow fellow former Wrexham professional Jamie Reed to open the scoring.
   Four minutes later it was 2-0, and this time a combination of former Blues as Mark Connolly crossed from the right to pick out Neil Roberts who turned sharply and sent a clean drive in off the post.
   The Rhyl side had settled around the impressive Gareth Owen and before the interval only a great save from Paul Smith prevented Matthew Williams from addiing a third.  Referee Petch blew for the interval with blues boss Nev Powell doutbless keen on changing the course of the game.
HALF TIME 0-2
   And to some degree he did just that.  In the second period City were more competitive and might have halved the deficit soon after the restart when Marc Limbert's quickly taken freekick found the impressive Sion Edwards but he fired just wide.
   On 50 minutes Referee Petch was quick to show a yellow card to Greg Strong for a foul on Les Davies,he committed a similar offence moments later and got away with a lecture.  A red card then would clearly have changed things but it was not to be.
   Bangor's best chances of the second period fell to Les Davies and Chris Sharp but both failed to hit the target, whilst the visitors seemed content with defence and counter attack.  Manager Nev Powell sent on Kieran Killackey for Marc Limbert on the hour, and five minutes later Kevin Lloyd - the Loosemores Cup hero of a  fortnight earlier - replaced Martin Beattie. 
   In the final ten minutes John Corrigan came on for Christian Seargeant but could do nothing to change the final result as Rhyl defended strongly to keep Lee Kendall largely out of the action. Sion Edwards worked hard for City but found Connolly in determined mood for the visitors.
   Substitute Kev Lloy had one last chance for Bangor, a difficult header from a high swirling cross from Dave Swanick, but Kendall was on hand to catch comfortably.
   A disappointing result for City which brought an end a fine sequence of league wins, and better night for Rhyl which took them to the top of the Welsh Premier over full time rivals Llanelli and TNS.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Sion Edwards
   MoM OPPOSITION
  Gareth Owen
   REFEREE:  Mark Petch
  ATTENDANCE:  790


19
7 November 2008
Airbus 2 v 3 Bangor City
WELSH PREMIER
 
GOALSCORERS
J MacIntosh 2

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Airbus UK





Bangor City

1
Phil Palethorpe





Paul Smith
1
2
Ryan Edwards





Dave Swanick
2
3
Giovanni Feliciello





Peter Hoy
3
4
Matty Woodward





Mike Johnston
4
5
John Davies





James Brewerton
5
6
Mark Allen





Chris Seargeant
6
7
Ashley Williams





Marc Limbert
7
8
Dan Desormeaux





Mike Walsh
8
9
Phil Molyneux





Les Davies
9
10
James MacIntosh




Chris Sharp
10
11
Mark Cadwallader





Sion Edwards
11
12
Wes Kilgannon (66) for 11 M.C'dller





Martin Beattie (68) for 11 Edwards
12
14
Matthew Cook (82) for





Kieran Killackey (68) for 6 Searg'nt
14
15
Tom Rowlands on (75) for 5 Davies





Kevin Lloyd (53) for 10 Sharp
15
16
Jack Rowlands





Matt Sargent
16
17






 
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GOALSCORERS
 Chri sSharp 2
 Peter Hoy

COLOURS
 Yellow

     Reduced to ten men for much of the game following the dismissal of centre half James Brewereton, City did what the 250 so blues supporters would have hoped for - won against the odds.
    City's first shot at goal came from Dave Swanick but on 12 minutes a comment passed to the linesman resulted in Jamie Brewerton being sent off. Moments earlier he appeared to have been fouled by Phil Molyneux on the right.  Ten men? It has to be a battling performance to break the Broughton hoodoo and it was.  Two minutes after the red card a Marc Limbert corner was misjudged by John Davies, Les Davies lobbed the ball across goal and Chris Sharp hit the back of the net with an acrobatic overhead kick from ten yards.
    Sharp was a thorn in the side to the home defence and his powerful right footed drive just veered wide at the last moment as it seemed set to strike inside the righthand post.  Airbus tried to make the extra man pay but Peter Hoy and Michael Johnston stood strong.  However on 27 minutes a long throw on the left from Phil Molynuex dropped to James MacIntosh who scored his customary goal against City at Broughton.
   Minutes later MacIntosh was in on goal but a perfectly timed challenge from Peter Hoy snuffed out the danger. Chris Sharp was injured in a heavy challenge by John Daves before MacIntosh again went close, this time forcing a save from Paul Smith.  On 33 minutes Airbus won a corner which was seized upon by
James MacIntosh who turned an fired home to put the Broughton side ahead for the first time.
   On 41 minutes another Marc Limbert corner provoked a blatant pull by Mark Allen on Peter Hoy. Penalty.  Up stepped a calm
Chris Sharp who sent the keeper the wrong way to bring the sides level with half time looming.  There was still time for Bangor to launch one final raid but this time Sharp shanked his effort wide and referee Duncan blew for the interval with the scores level at two all.
HALF TIME  0-0
   The early threat of the second half emerged in the shape of former Chester youngster Giovanni Feliciello whose runs down the left - exposing the space created by the extra man - unsettled City.
   One run stretched City until the tireless Michael Johnston intervened just outside his penalty area.  On 58 minutes the first change for ten man Bangor as Kevin Lloyd replaced Chris Sharp who had received little protection from referee Duncan.  Sion Edwards led City forward down the left but the run fizzled out.  Then the menacing MacIntosh charged down the middle but Paul Smith came out to clear.
   The home side made a change on 66 when the retound Kilgannon came on for Mark Cadwallader who was briefly at Bangor under Steve Bleasdale.  Then a double change for City who looked vulnerable on the break at times, with Martin Beattie and Kieran Killackey on for Sion Edwards and Christian Seargeant.
   With fifteen minutes remaining a foul by
Feliciello earned him a yellow card and Bangor a freekick.  Marc Limbert crossed, home goalkeeper Palethorpe flapped, the ball hit Feliciello on the back of the head and Peter Hoy scored from close range to the delight of the Bangor crowd. Airbus fought back and a cross from the left saw Dave Swanick slice the ball over his own crossbar and off onto the runway.
   Airbus sent on Mattie Cook with eight minutes left but he made little impression as City stood firm.  The fourth official held up a board to show four minutes added time but Bangor battled resolutely and secured the points despite the early setback. And broke that Broughton hoodoo for good measure!
   MoM BANGOR CITY
  Michael Johnston
   MoM OPPOSITION
   James MacIntosh
   REFEREE:  Rob Duncan
ATTENDANCE:  349


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1 November 2008
 Bangor City 4 v 0 Garden Village
The Welsh Cup

 
GOALSCORERS
  Marc Limbert 3
  Les Davies

COLOURS
 Blue & White


Bangor City





Garden Village

1
Paul Smith





Dave Holland
1
2
Dave Swanick





Ryan McCarley
2
3
Peter Hoy





Alex Jones
3
4
Michael Johnston





David Rimmer
4
5
Jamie Brewerton





Steve Bater
5
6
Kieran Killackey





Chris Thomas
6
7
Marc Limbert





Gavin Guy
7
8
Mike Walsh





Derrick Jenkins
8
9
Les Davies





Craig Burgess
9
10
John Corrigan





Ashley Richards
10
11
Sion Edwards





Sam Brown
11
12
Martin Beattie on (78) for 5 Br'ton





Richard Jones
12
14
Matt Sargent on (84) for 6 K'ckey





Cari Alfei
14
15
Chris Sharp





Matt Cannon
15
 
GOALSCORERS
 

COLOURS
 Black & White



    A hatrick from midfielder Marc Limbert secured Bangor's passage into the last sixteen of The Welsh Cup against visitors Garden Village.
    But City suffered an early setback in the warm up when Chris Sharp was forced to pull out, John Corrigan filled the number ten shirt.  The opening exchanges though confirmed that Corrigan was an able replacement as City looked for an early goal.  First Peter Hoy launched a long throw from the right, the towering Rimmer half cleared but Kieran Killackey and Marc Limbert headed on for Jamie Brewerton to volley on target but into the midrift of goalkeeper Holland.  Then Alex Jones sliced a clearance against his crossbar from Les Davies' low driven cross.
    On ten minutes Sion Edwards crossed from the left, Chris Thomas slipped and handled on the deck.  Referee Swindley pointed to the penalty spot and captain Marc Limbert calmly converted to put Bangor ahead.  Mike Walsh then set off an a mazey run which took him to the edge of the Village box but his shot was comfortably held by Holland
   But on 20 minutes a bizarre second goal came courtesy of a low inswinging corner from Marc Limbert on the left which beat both defenders at the near post for a two nil lead.  Three minutes later it was all over.  John Corrigan ran in from the right, Sam Brown mistimed his challenge, a second penalty.  Marc Limbert again kept his cool and it was three nil.
   On the half hour John Corrigan had two snap efforts, the firsty hit the near post and the second crashed into the side netting from the right.  Five minutes before the interval a penetrating run from Sion Edwards was cut short by the determine, burly Rimmer who earned a yellow card.  Marc Limbert took the freekick but this time he was off target.
   In the final minute of the first period a third penalty - for another trip on John Corrigan - but this time a great low save from the courageous Holland to deny Marc Limbert a fourth goal!
HALF TIME 3-0
   Bangor continued to dominate the second period, but to their credit Garden Village stuck to their guns.  Urged on by their bench "play your football" they tried to do just that.  Three minutes after the interval there was a stoppage when the stand side linesman wholly oblivious to the fact that the visitors number nine lay prone on the pitch with a head injury.
   Derrick Jenkins shot off target for Village, Sion Edwards likewise for City as the game entered a period of stalemate. On the hour Les Davies roared into action with a trademark run from half way which ended with a shot from the left which slid out for a goalkick.  On 63 minutes Richard Jones replaced lanky striker Ashley Richards.
   On 65 minutes it was 4-0 as Sion Edwards' low cross was turned home by Les Davies from point blank range.  John Corrigan ran on goal, passed to Sion edwards but his effort failed to hit the target. With twelve minutes left Martin Beattie replaced centre back Jamie Brewerton with Peter Hoy switching into the middle. On 83 young Matt Sargent came on for  Kieran Killackey and showed some fine touches and awareness on the right.
   Sargent was quickly into the action with a strong tackle on half way and a deft pass which released Les Davies but Holland was out quickly to smother the danger.  A fine run from John Corrigan forced a superb one handed save from Holland.  The final action saw Sion Edwards strike a fierce crosshot from the left which fizzed beyond the right upright and the danger passed.
   So a convincing win for Bangor but credit to the Village side who played with good spirit, no little skill and in particular for the huge Rimmer and his centreback partner Steve Bater who worked overtime to keep The Blues at bay.  Well done both.
   MoM BANGOR CITY
   Marc Limbert