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AIRBUS UK BROUGHTON 2 - 4 CITY
7 SEPTEMBER 2011
MIKE SMITH'S INITIAL THOUGHTS



Wet and vaguely dismal on the banks of The Dee, but not as cold as usual and Bangor picking the side which put four past Afan Lido on Saturday. 

After fifteen tepid minutes the game warmed us Adam Worton swung a corner in from the right at the "entrance" end and Lee Idzi slapped the ball into his own net.  

The game sprang to life and first Neil Thomas and then Craig Garside went close for Bangor but neither side held sway in the gloom. Then a second Airbus corner ended in Jamie Brewerton pushing Ryan Edwards over in the box. Penalty. Up stepped former AFC Liverpool striker Ian Sheridan but Lee Idzi gained intant redemption with a diving stop to his right.  

The Airbus tactic of captain Glenn Rule booming a big diagonal from right to left met with varied success but undetered he peppered the touchline and kept some of the visiting fans on their toes.   With this lifeline in one hand City pushed forward and Chris Roberts crossed from the left for Chris Jones to head home from six yards beyond the startled Bulmer on 34 minutes.

But from the kick off Airbus went ahead once more. A harmless looking through ball evaded the Bangor defence and Ian Sheridan also found atonement with a low finish which left Lee Idzi with no chance. 

Idzi was now in full flow and it  was no surprise that he kept out the marauding Mike Hayes who broke free with the blues defence again unsettled, with no little help from Michael Johnston. With Bangor fans looking at their watches City found an equaliser. City won a corner which Airbus struggled to clear. Chris Jones shot at goal and Shaun Pejic headed home.   So all square at half time and Bangor seemingly able to score but struggling to defend.

HALF TIME 2-2  

No changes at the interval but with City now playing towards the entrance, the blues support migrated to that end.   But it was Sheridan who went close with a clean twenty yard strike which Idzi pocketed confidently.

Bangor now took a measure of control with Neil Thomas and Craig Garside in the box seat. Alan Bull sent two twenty five yarders dipping over the crossbar, either side of a similar effort from Neil Thomas. Bul then fired low on target but Bulmer gathered and moments later on the hour Danny Grannon cleared off his own line.   Bangor forced a number of corners and finally a fifth - won by Sion Edwards who was irrepresible - was crossed too deep by Chris Roberts from the right.

Alan Bull gathered a sent a low curling effort into the net with Les Davies close to a touch. With the lead came more control and six minutes later it was 4-2.   The industrious Sion Edwards found Chris Jones and his low drive crashed home despite the best efforts of home keeper Bulmer.

City immediately replaced Neil Thomas with Mike Walsh with the Nantlle midfielder earning a warm applause from the damp blue horde.   There was so nearly a fifth moments later as Les Davies hammered a rising volley just over before Craig Whitfield sent a clean strike on target but Idzi held. The young striker was promptly replaced by the lanky Cadwallader as Airbus set about damage limitation.

Kyle Wilson came on for Les Davies who also won loud applause.

Sion Edwards was enjoying plenty of possession on the left but Kyle Wilson's near post header just failed to convert his iniviting cross. Mike Walsh injured himself as he stretched to touch home Alan Bull's cross before Sion Edwards forced a corner out of Bulmer with a forty yard chip that had the 'keeper backpeddling.  

In the closing stages - and what turned into seven minutes of added time - Edwards and Kyle Wilson went close but could not increase the lead. It mattered not when Mark Petch blew for time and the blues - and on this occasions reds - celebrated a hard fought victory under difficult circumstances.

7 September 2011

 




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