Four-some City in dream start

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BAN­GOR City be­gan their North Wales Women’s Foot­ball League sea­son with a su­perb 4-0 home win over Aml­wch Town last Sun­day.

Manager Ethan Ray has strength­ened his squad over the sum­mer, and pre-sea­son re­sults and per­for­mances sug­gested the cam­paign ahead would bring a vast im­prove­ment.

One swal­low might not make a sum­mer, but the Ci­ti­zens have al­ready equalled the num­ber of wins they achieved last sea­son.

A bril­liant show­ing from the home team saw them play­ing ex­cel­lent at­tack­ing foot­ball which en­sured they were firmly camped in op­po­si­tion ter­ri­tory for the vast ma­jor­ity of the game.

De­spite tak­ing the early ini­tia­tive and dic­tat­ing the match from the out­set, Ban­gor were un­able to break down a res­o­lute and packed Aml­wch de­fence.

City cre­ated lots of good chances in the first half but failed to cap­i­talise, and the score re­mained 0-0 up to the break.

The sec­ond half con­tin­ued in much the same vein, the match al­most en­tirely played in the Aml­wch half, with Ban­gor pro­duc­ing some fine play, mov­ing the ball around well and cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The team showed great spirit and de­ter­mi­na­tion to keep stick­ing at their task, and re­fused to get worn down by the at­tri­tional play of the An­gle­sey­based op­po­si­tion.

Fi­nally their en­deav­our paid off and the dead­lock was bro­ken by City Girls youth prod­uct Shan­non Jade Jones as her shot looped over the Aml­wch keeper to make it 1-0.

Gain­ing in con­fi­dence after get­ting that first goal, Ban­gor played some scin­til­lat­ing foot­ball go­ing for­ward, link­ing up well and al­ways look­ing dan­ger­ous.

Soon after, new sign­ing Lexi Craw­ley, the for­mer Wrex­ham, Caernar­fon Town and Aml­wch Town striker, scored on her com­pet­i­tive de­but to dou­ble the lead.

Push­ing on for more goals, an­other of City’s new faces Sara Fur­long started and fin­ished a great team move, go­ing from de­fence to at­tack in sec­onds, also scor­ing on her com­pet­i­tive bow to make it 3-0.

Craw­ley made it a brace and 4-0 over­all with a fine fin­ish into the cor­ner, giv­ing Ban­gor City a wellde­served vic­tory. Pic­ture: ANDY MATTHEWS

Player of the Match for the home team was Emily Ridges.

De­lighted manager Ray said after the game: “Well done ev­ery­one – a bril­liant team per­for­mance. Keep it up – great to get that three points in the first game.”

Next up for Ban­gor is a trip to Den­bigh Town this Sun­day.

Three other matches were played on the open­ing week­end of the league sea­son.

Gap Northop Hall edged a tight 3-2 vic­tory over Den­bigh Town.

Laura Pen­ning­ton bagged a brace and Ash­leigh Foster was also on the mark, Town’s pro­lific markswoman Hol­lie Groves re­ply­ing with a dou­ble.

Kin­mel Bay and Prestatyn played out a 2-2 draw.

Ge­or­gia Williams and Niomi Tay­lor struck for the home side, Char­lotte Mor­ris and Emily Mor­ris mak­ing sure the vis­i­tors re­turned home with a point.

Bethel are the early table lead­ers after en­joy­ing a 2-1 tri­umph at Pwll­heli.

Ffion Williams net­ted both for the vis­i­tors to make it six goals in two matches, while Pwll­heli replied through Lois Thomas in what was a good con­test.

Lexi Craw­ley net­ted twice for Ban­gor in their 4-0 win over Aml­wch Town

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