BALA TOWN 0 - 1 CITY
19 FEBRUARY 2012
MIKE SMITH'S MATCH REPORT
City started on the front foot playing towards the trees at the top of the ground.
For the opening quarter hour with Les Davies going close a on a couple of occasions without really testing Bala goalkeeper Terry McCormick. On the fifteen minute mark Damien Allen unleashed a clean strike from the edge of the box after robbing Mark Jones, but his shot dropped just over the bar.
Les Davies set up Kyle Wilson but he shot well over before Bala forged their first opening through Lee Hunt whose 40 yarder flew wide of the target.
Bangor went as close a possible without scoring as Sion Edwards laid back to Peter Hoy whose cross was nodded goalwards by Les Davies but rightback Irving cleared off his line. Damian Allen went close as City continued to press but Stuart Jones and centre back partner Michael Byron were in outstanding, determined form. Another low shot from Hunt led to a Bala corner on twenty five minutes but the powerful Brewerton cleared, not for the first or last time. The ball broke to Sion Edwards who tore upfield and crossed for Les Davies but his header dropped to McCormick who gathered easily. Seconds late the same two combined once more but again McCormick saved.
On the half hour City won their second corner after Les Davies' shot was deflected behind. Again Bala broke and once more it was Lee Hunt who shot - this time on target - and Lee Idzi held. City won a freekick on half way which Michael Johnston sent long and straight into the hosts box. A misguided header dropped to Peter Hoy, back to goal, but his overhead effort sped narrowly wide from the right.
Hunt chased through once more but Lee Idzi this time ran out to clear.
Two minutes from time Kyle Wilson ran clear on the right but shanked his cross behind. At the whistle leftback Ben Collins shot across goal from the left and City breathed a sigh of relief as no one else in black and white and followed in. So goalless at the interval, City with more of the play, Bala dangerous on the break, and all to play for in the second half.
HALF TIME 0-0
No changes at the interval save that City now attacked the covered end where most of the blues support had now gathered.
Bangor attacked from the off with Les Davies charging goalwards, winning a corner which Dave Morley headed too close to McCormick. Five minutes after the restart Jamie Brewerton ran through and netted but referee Lee Evans had whistled for offside, the linesman had flagged against Les Davies who stood still to allow the big centreback to run through.
City pressed again and Les Davies crossed for Dave Morley whose headed was hacked off the line by Byron. On 53 minutes the largely anonymous Steve Brown departed with Peter Doran adding his squeaky voice to proceedings. Les Davies then gathered on half way, shrugged off two markers, ran down the left before forcing a fourth corner. The blues fans started to find their voice as pressure started to mount.
On 62 minutes Mark Smyth replaced Kyle Wilson in the Bangor frontline.
Five minutes Connal Murtagh was yellow carded but for the next few minutes Bala pressed down the right, winning a number of throws and eventually a freekick which Mark Connolly smashed wide from close range to the right.
On 72 minutes Bangor had the lead. Peter Hoy threw in from the left, the ball was cleared back to the rightback who crossed deep towards Dave Morley. The ball dropped to Mark Smyth who netted from eight yards.
Lee Idzi then saved well from Lee Hunt - who else - before Damien Allen was carded on half way. An unlikely sequence of events then saw Mark Smyth foiled by McCormick on three occasions. The first a clean run on goal, McCormick saved at his feet, the second a low shot from the edge of the box drifted wide, the third a good save. In between Alan Bull replaced Sion Edwards and Chris Mason came on for Connal Murtagh.
City regained composure and held the ball up in the righthand corner. Stuart Jones lost his and clattered Les Davies from behind. A evident red card - no - Mr Evans opted for yellow.
Fourth official Nick Pratt indicated four minutes of added time. Craig Garside came on for Chris Jones, Bala pressed, City defended but Lee Hunt might have levelled the scores with a late header which flew narrowly wide. Finally the whistle blew, Bangor celebrated and the four point lead was back in place. Well done!
19 February 2012