Nine-goal romp has City in fine spir­its for clash

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BAN­GOR CITY will tar­get a place in the last 32 of the Welsh Cup this Satur­day when they en­ter­tain un­der­dogs Cefn Al­bion at Nant­porth (kick-off 2.30pm).

The vis­i­tors play in the Welsh Na­tional League (Wrex­ham Area) Premier Di­vi­sion – a tier below the Cit­i­zens.

Al­bion were 7-1 vic­tors over Dol­gel­lau Ath­letic Ama­teurs in the pre­vi­ous round, where Ban­gor emerged 4-2 win­ners against Mold Alexan­dra, who play at the same stan­dard as Cefn.

City’s week­end op­po­nents en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion at the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round stage, where they pipped FC Queen’s Park 3-2.

Ban­gor will cer­tainly en­ter Satur­day’s sec­ond round tie on a high fol­low­ing last week­end’s 9-0 home de­mo­li­tion of Llan­rhaeadr YM in the Huws Gray Al­liance.

The all-blues gave a de­but to mid­week sign­ing, for­mer Wrex­ham and Wales U21 de­fender Mike Wil­liams, in a back three as the ex­pe­ri­enced left-footer slot­ted in along­side Sam Barnes and Jor­dan Pig­gott on his home de­but.

But it was one of more es­tab­lished play­ers, Alex Dar­ling­ton, who stole the show with a four-goal salvo, in­clud­ing a hat-trick in the sec­ond pe­riod.

The vis­i­tors went close in the open­ing min­utes as Khyam Wy­ton shot wide from the edge of the box, but in the sixth minute Ban­gor took the lead through ex-Dundee and West Bromwich Al­bion de­fender Pig­gott.

Just af­ter the quar­ter-hour, Jake Phillips made it 2-0 – his sec­ond in two games – and the pat­tern for the af­ter­noon was now clearly es­tab­lished as Steven He­witt and Yalany Baio took a grip of the mid­field.

A third goal duly ar­rived on 27 min­utes, the first of the af­ter­noon from Dar­ling­ton, and 3-0 is how it stayed up to the break.

The vis­i­tors came out for the sec­ond 45 min­utes with a pos­i­tive ap­proach, but could not se­ri­ously trou­ble home goal­keeper Chris Mul­lock.

And on 51 min­utes Ja­cob Far­leigh put away num­ber four with a well-worked ef­fort and ex­tin­guished any hope of a Llan­rhaeadr re­vival.

Fif­teen min­utes later Ban­gor went 5-0 ahead when Dar­ling­ton struck again. Mo­ments later Rob­bie Parry came on in place of Les Pic­ture: RICHARD BIRCH Davies as City made the first change of the match.

On 71 min­utes Marc Wil­liams got in on the ac­tion to make it six as the vis­i­tors tired on the wide Nant­porth pitch.

Again the goal was fol­lowed by a sub­sti­tu­tion as Sam Dool re­placed He­witt.

With just un­der a quar­ter of an hour to go, City added a sev­enth as Dar­ling­ton com­pleted his hat-trick as a pre­lude to a third sub­sti­tu­tion which saw young Alex Boss come on for Phillips on the right.

A fourth goal for Dar­ling­ton made it eight and there was still time for one more as sub­sti­tute Parry found the net.

This was City’s sev­enth vic­tory on the bounce and they lie fourth in the Huws Gray Al­liance, just two points off sec­ond spot.

Ban­gor City striker Alex Dar­ling­ton (No.8) scores one of his four goals against Llan­rhaedr Ym Mochnant

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