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Mon 30th June 2003Bangor go down 5 - 2 in Rumania
Bistrita win 6 - 2 on agg. Bangor City's European dream came to an end when they were well beaten by Gloria Bistrita in the second leg of their Intertoto cup tie in Transylvania.
The Welshmen faced an uphill battle against their full time opponents having lost the first leg 1 - 0 at Rhyl's Belle Vue last week.
However, manager Peter Davenport's team got off to a perfect start when Ricky Evans fired in a brilliant 30-yard free-kick after 16 minutes.
But it proved to be a false dawn as Gloria, led by Romanian international Lucian Sanmartean, began to take control and were soon back on level terms through Adrian Anca.
Sanmartean and Sergiu Mindrean put the Romanians in the driving seat during the second half before, with just over 10 minutes left, Bangor had defender Alan goodall controversially sent off following a challenge on Vasile Popa.
Sanmartean (85) and substiture Ciprian Bucuroaia (89) completed the rout, but there was still time for Bangor's Ross Jefferies to receive his marching orders for violent conduct.
The striker was deemed guilty of retaliation amid a mêlée on the edge of the 18-yard area.
Evans netted a consolation penalty for the visitors in injury-time. Bangor club secretary Alun Griffiths reflected: "naturally Peter Davenport is disappointed but in the end I think we were beaten by a better team over the two legs"
Davenport: "We're not afraid of Dracula boys" City boss sure trip can yield cup success.
Mon 23rd June 2003
BANGOR may be travelling into the deepest depths of Transylvania for the second leg of their Intertoto Cup clash, but Peter Davenport says his team should have no fear of what they'll meet.
The Citizens lost 1-o to Romanian side FC Gloria Bistrita but showed enough to suggest they will be able to create chances in the shadow of Dracula's castle.
Davenport said: "I asked the lads to put their hands up if anyone thinks we can't go and win. The result was pretty unanimous. They're confident and I really believe it's still wide open.
"We need to get at their keeper a bit more but we can beat them". While the sun hasn't yet set on last season at the Bernabeu, in the equally sunny climes of Rhyl's Belle Vue Ground the next campaign was in full swing.
The Intertoto is much-maligned for its early start and Bangor's players could only enjoy a few brief weeks off since the end of the Welsh Premier, offering them little time to prepare for this game.
Davenport had, said earlier he knew nothing specific about their Romanian opponents other than they would be supremely technical. This, tethered with the fact that Bangor were anything but fully fit following their brief break, was going to make for a tough afternoon.
Their opponents' skill was evident from the off and phil Priestly was called into action on eight minutes with a fantastic save from Vasile Jula. But just when it looked like Gloria may pile on the pressure with their pretty passing movements, Bangor's weary troops found an extra gear.
Set plays were their most productive tactic, and on 33 minutes they had their first clear-cut chance when striker Gary Reay was slipped through by Ricky Evans.
But as the new recruit stretched to connect, keeper Costel Cimpreanu was able to block.
Aled Rowlands then set up midfielder Owain Tudor jones with a free header, but he couldn't direct it goalwards, before Gary Roberts had to clear off the line from Jula at the other end.
Bangor came out fighting in the second period and Peter Hoy was presented with another free header that should have been on target. But if City do qualify for a next round clash with Italians Brescia, it will be thanks inlarge to the efforts of keeper Priestley.
He made a great save following a freekick routine from dangerman Ciprian Visilache, before the same man inexplicably missed from under the bar a few minutes later.
But the 'Dracula Boys' drew blood on 69 minutes when the lively Sergiu Mindrean outfoxed the Bangor backline and slipped in Jula for an easy tap-in.
As the game went on Devenport used all three subs to combat tiring legs, but resisted the tempation to send himself on.
One of the replacements, striker Lee Hunt, who had been suffering with illness, headed against the bar from Alan Goodall's cross.
Priestly was called into another fine save from Mindrean, before Bangor again raised the temperature to enjoy the best of the closing stages. With bodies piling up front Bangor pumped the ball forward and had the Romanians rattled.
So much so that sabou Danute certainly didn't enjoy his trip to Rhyl, being sent off just a few minutes after coming on for two bookable offences. He followed up a scything challenge on Chris Short by stupidly kicking the ball away and being given his marching orders.
The red card pumped up Bangor for a final assualt but big defender Eifion Jones smacked the ball against the post in the final minute.
BANGOR: Priestley; Short, Goodall, Jones, Rowlands, Roberts (Jefferies 75), Evans (Williams 64), Hoy, Tudor Jones, Burgess, Reay (Hunt 60), Subs: Davenport, Griffiths.
Article written by Andy Gilpin, published in The Daily Post, Mon 23 June 2003
Sat 21st June 2003 Bangor travel to Gloria, 1 goal down
Bangor Took on FC Gloria Bistrita at Rhyl's Belle Vue ground on Saturday, but lost 1 - 0. Even though Gloria were down to 10 men with a few minutes left in the game, Bangor could not get the ball in the net, hitting the crossbar was the closest they came to scoring.
FC Gloria hail from the Transylvanian town of Bistrita. Located at the foot of the Borgo mountains, only about 50 kilometres away from Dracula's castle, Bistrita is a town of 90,000 people
The club was formed in 1922, and have previously played under the names, Ceramica Bistrita (1922-1946) CS Bistrita (1946-1947) Gloria play in Blue and White and occupy the 15,000 capacity Gloria Stadium.
Gloria played their first game in Romania's top flight back in 1990, and whilst have never won the domestic championship, have appeared in two Romanian cup finals, beating Universitatea Craiova 1-0 in 1994 and losing 3-1 to Steaua Bucharest in1995.
This season saw the club's highest ever league finish, when the side finished third in the national league behind rivals Rapid Bucharest and Steaua Bucharest.
Although in these past 25 years the club has brought forward a number of great players such as Romanian International striker, Viorel Moldovan, who starred in Spain before making an ill-advised move to Coventry City, they were not promoted to the top league before 1990. In the nineties Gloria completed in the European competition three times, but with limited success.
In last seasons Intertoto Cup, Gloria progressed against sides from Luxembourg and Albania before bowling out to French side Lille.
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