Matchreport: Round 1 - Wednesday, 27 March 2013 - 19:45 h
Bangor City vs Meliden FC
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Match Date: Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Match Time: 19:45 h

Starting line up



          Bangor eased to a 3-0 win over Meliden and a semi final encounter with Rhyl in the North Wales Challenge Cup.

          City boss Nev Powell opted for a mix and match starting line up which included players with Football League experience alongside youngsters from the youth team. And it worked well as the home side led pretty much throughout.

          First team regular Dave Morley started at the heart of a youthful rearguard alongside Dylan Jones, flanked by young fullbacks Matt Locke and Iolo Hughes. Likewise Levi Mackin and Robbie Booth lined up in midfield alongside local pair Craig Whelan and Sean Davies whilst Gary O'Toole's strike partner was Welsh Colleges marksman Jamie McDaid.

          Gary O'Toole went close on seven minutes with a low shot which fizzed wide but Bangor had the lead on 14 minutes when a corner was half cleared to the edge of the box where former Chester midfielder Levi Mackin was waiting to crash home beyond former Conwy goalkeeper Gary Higham.

          Midway through the half debutant striker Jamie McDaid netted to double the advantage and effectively end the evening as a contest. Not that this put Meliden off though as their noisy contingent enjoyed their night in Nantporth despite the scoreline.

          But it was Bangor who led at the interval thanks to those two goals and despite Gary Walsh going close for Meliden.

          HALF TIME  2-0

          The second half saw John Littlemore replace Gary O'Toole who went off due to injury.

          On 53 minutes it was three nil to Bangor. Jamie McDaid crossed for John Littlemore to head goalwards and the ball rebounded to the alert Robbie Booth who slotted home from close range.

          On the hour City ran the changes with recent signing Danny Bell and Corey Jones replacing Robbie Booth and Craig Whelan.

          Meliden threatened with the occasional shot and cross which young reserve 'keeper Nick Bould dealt with confidently. At one point they did have the ball in the Bangor net but referee Rowlands had already whistled for an offence when the visitors would clearly have preferred the advantage.

          In the closing stages Meliden went close to what would have been a deserved consolation but neither former Wrexham youngster Luke Carding nor the more experienced Alun Winstanley could convert.

          But three nil it was and as the draw had already been made City knew a date with coast rivals Rhyl awaits in the semi final. The youngsters on view could feel pleased with their contribution as indeed could the travelling Meliden supporters who backed their team throughout.

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