CITY V LLANELLI
12 AUGUST 2011
MATCH REPORT BY MIKE SMITH
The 2011-12 season got underway with a measure of revenge against Llanelli thanks to a late Kyle Wikson winner.
And there was a promising home debut for Shaun Pejic who looked reliable and rugged in equal measure at the heart of the blues defence. Lee Idzi in goal and Neil Thomas in midfield.
Playing with the wind Llanelli started the brighter and it was no surprise when they stole a fifth minute lead. Chris Venables rose highest to head home from Craig Willaims' inswinging left footed freekick from the right.
On eight minutes Sion Edwards lofted over when he latched onto Peter Hoy's well flighted diagonal .
Then fussy referee Huw Jones sent Ashley Evans and Chad Bond off to remove black under shorts which no one else had noticed.
Five minutes later City had loud claims for a penalty turned down by Huw Jones when Ashley Evans clealry felled Dave Morley. City were enjoying a larger share of the game now with Les Davies leading the line, and his presence on the left created a chance for Chris Jones which provoked an astonishing onhe handed save from Ashley Morris.
Llanelli responded with a strong run from Kris Thomas which forced Michael Johnston to block.
Corner - cleared by Morley - and seconds later Alan Bull won City a flag kick at the Farrar End which quickly led to another but Morris gathered off Bull.
On the half hour and a strong penalty claim brushed aside as Stuart Jones pushed Les Davies in the box.
With 32 mins on the clock Bangor drew level. Les Davies bulldozed past Surman to cross for Alan Bull who swept home from ten yards. But Llanelli went close to regaining the lead as Chad Bond's header skimmed the crossbar.
Seconds later Peter Hoy and Lee Idzi somehow denied Ashley Evans and Chad Bond as Llanelli pressed.
Bangor fans held their breath five minutes from the interval as Stuart Jones clattered the blues striker on half way.The half ended with Bangor pressing with Peter Hoy and Les Davies leaping high and Dave Morley shooting wide. A seventh and final corner for City but Llanelli hacked clear and referee Jones blew for half time.
HALF TIME 1-2
The second period saw City playing with the wind into The St Pauls, Llanelli brought Jordan Follows on for Ashley Evans. Kris Thomas is nothing if not a lunging cruncher, and his challenge by the left hand corner flag on Sion Edwards led to a freekick. Bond cleared the initial cross but Chris Roberts returned to Les Davies who found Dave Morley whose left footed drive beat Morris all ends up. Two one on 47 minutes Craig Williams fired on goal but Idzi gathered.
Sion Edwards ran into the box but Referee Jones saw nothing wrong with Kris Thomas pushing him out of play. Seconds later though he did ajudge Neil Thomas to have fouled the rattled fullback despite the merest of contact.
Craig Williams launched another freekick but Lee Idzi's high catch ended the danger.
Thomas now fouled Alan Bull to concede another freekick out on the attacking left. Chris Jones delivered but Shaun Pejic headed wide. Alan Bull cut inside the attack minded Grist on the right but his tame shot scarcely bothered Morris.
Then on 59 mins Jason Bowen made way for Chris Llewellyn in the visitors attack.
An eighth Bangor corner from Chris Jones saw Peter Hoy denied and then Morris saved brilliantly from Dave Morley whose overhead kick threatened. Surman was booked for a foul on half way. Craig Pejic timed his tackle to perfection to deny Bond.
On seventy minutes Les Davies was booked for a challenge on half way. City then introduced Kyle Wilson for Sion Edwards as the game became very open. Kyle Wilson lofted over from the edge of the box but on 75 mins lllanelli went ahead when a misjudged header dropped to substitute Jordan Follows who netted confidently. Two all.
On seventy nine mins Eddie Jebb came on for Chris Jones and took up a right wing berth. Jebb was quicky into the action with a rasping drive which Morris saved, Shaun Pejic hit the post, then Surman cleared off the line from Peter Hoy.
The winner came with five minutes to play. Alan Bull crossed from the left, Davies headed back and Kyle Wilson marked his debut with a close range finish to delight the home fans. There were chances at either end but Bangor held firm and ran the clock down with the ball in the left hand corner for long periods.
13 August 2011