Ci­ti­zens tri­umph on their trav­els at Bay

Bangor Mail - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENT - Ban­gor City’s Bray­den Shaw was on tar­get against Col­wyn Bay

BAN­GOR City’s fine form since their Europa League exit con­tin­ued when they earned a 2-1 vic­tory at Col­wyn Bay, re­ports Jonathan Ervine.

Goals from Bray­den Shaw and Sam Henry en­sured the Ci­ti­zens made it three straight wins, fol­low­ing a 3-0 suc­cess at Skelmers­dale and 1-0 tri­umph over Flint Town United.

Last Fri­day’s test at Llanelian Road against Evo-Stik Di­vi­sion One North out­fit Bay got off to a lively start.

In­side the first 45 sec­onds Shaw put Ban­gor ahead, break­ing into the box to beat Col­wyn goal­keeper Matt Cooper from 15 yards af­ter a lay-off from re­cent sign­ing Ge­orge Harry.

City’s lead lasted barely a minute as the home side’s left winger Ast­ley Mul­hol­land equalised af­ter break­ing in the vis­i­tors’ penalty area and side-foot­ing past Con­nor Roberts from 10 yards.

With the game still only seven min­utes old, Shaw al­most put City back in front but his header re­bounded off the cross­bar and Cooper saved from Henry’s fol­low-up shot. AN­GLE­SEY young­sters Wil­liam Lynch and Mathew Jones have been picked to rep­re­sent Wales un­der-16s against Eng­land and Ire­land.

Wil­liam, from Ben­l­lech, and Bod­ed­ern-based Mathew are prod­ucts of Leigh Min­ers Rangers Academy, which has pro­duced nu­mer­ous pro­fes­sional and in­ter­na­tional play­ers over the years.

Wil­liam has been there since the age of six and Mathew joined four sea­sons

Shaw re­mained a threat and pro­duced a left-footed shot on the turn that forced Cooper into a save in the 23rd minute.

Shortly af­ter the half hour, City’s record sign­ing had a great chance to put his team back in front af­ter the ball was cut back to him by the im­pres­sive Cai Owen, but Shaw’s shot from near the penalty spot went over the bar. ago. Over the past three years they have both played at the ju­nior rugby top level, in the North West Coun­ties Premier Di­vi­sion (league) and in the union code with both Llangefni and Ban­gor.

Last year both were awarded an U16 schol­ar­ship at Sal­ford City Red Devils and have just com­pleted the sea­son play­ing the likes of Widnes, Hull, Cum­bria, Lon­don Bron­cos, New­cas­tle and the Mid­lands.

They have also just re­turned from a club visit to Per­pig­nan to play the Cata­lan Dragons academy side.

The start to the sec­ond pe­riod was not as fre­netic as the be­gin­ning of the first and City slowly be­gan to dom­i­nate.

In the 54th minute, a neat pass by Shaw al­lowed Sion Ed­wards to break into the left-hand side of the box and fire a pow­er­ful shot nar­rowly past Cooper’s far post.

Af­ter a spell punc­tu­ated by a se­ries of sub­sti­tu­tions, Harry nar­rowly failed to get on the end of a cross from the right by Shaw. Min­utes later, the hosts missed an ex­cel­lent chance to take the lead as sub­sti­tute Jack Hin­dle cut the ball back just be­hind the on­rush­ing Jamie Rain­ford who ap­peared set to side-foot home at the rear post.

In the 78th minute, the hosts would come to rue that miss as a neat through pass al­lowed Henry time to con­trol the ball be­fore dink­ing it over Cooper to put City back in front.

Al­though Bay pressed hard in the clos­ing min­utes, the Ban­gor de­fence stood firm and re­pelled a se­ries of home at­tacks in or­der to gain a de­served 2-1 vic­tory.

Ban­gor City: Con­nor Roberts; Lawrence Wil­son, Tom Kennedy, Danny Holmes, Cai Owen; Sion Ed­wards, Gary Tay­lor-Fletcher, Danny Gos­sett, Ge­orge Harry; Bray­den Shaw; Sam Henry.

Sub­sti­tu­tions: Anthony Mi­ley for Kennedy (half-time), Dan Nardiello for Wil­son (61 min), Luke Wall for Nardiello (65), Wil­son for Sion Ed­wards (68).

Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Dean Rit­ten­berg, Matt Hall.

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