Outstanding performance by City's U16 Girls in season opener
Undeserved defeat for Bangor's Girls after dominant display
Saturday 10th September saw Bangor City FC U16 Girls travel to Rhyl Hearts for the start of the 2016-2017 season and were unlucky to come away with a defeat after a dominant display.
Taking control of the game from the off, the girls went about their football in a fantastic manner, pressing Rhyl high up the pitch, giving them no time to get into the match and once in possession looking to get forward immediately. This attacking intent was soon paying dividends as Bangor carved open the early chances of the game, using the width of the pitch to get behind the Rhyl defence and both strikers Ceri Thomas and Ceri Roberts were unfortunate not to open the scoring. However, the girls didn't have to wait long to get their rewards after another excellent attacking move down the right hand-side through Angharad Evans saw Ceri (Roberts) shot parried by the keeper only for Ceri (Thomas) to drill home giving the girls a deserved 1-0 lead.
Continuing where they had left off Bangor carried on controlling the play creating more chances with Yasmin Williams and Angharad Evans both firing wide across the box and Shannon Jones firing narrowly over. However, an inability to make the most of their chances when in the ascendancy came back to bite the girls as with their 1st chance of the game Rhyl were able to equalise. Showing excellent spirit and determination the team didn't let this phase them continued to play their football, looking to get on the front foot wherever possible and their endeavour was soon rewarded again as excellent link up play between Shannon and Angharad put Ceri (Thomas) in behind the Rhyl back-line who put the ball across for her strike partner Ceri (Roberts) to finish, restoring Bangor's lead!!!
Then with only minutes of the half left a controversial moment changed the game, Bangor's back 3 had played excellently so far, working together, pushing as far up the pitch as possible, to reduce the space available to the Rhyl attackers. Yet when stepping up together playing the Rhyl attacker off-side, she was passed the ball, standing on the edge of the Bangor box, at least 8 yards behind the Bangor defence, but Rhyl were allowed to continue to play on and undeservedly bring the scores level.
The 2-2 scoreline at the break was to say the least harsh on the Bangor Girls. However the players did they're upmost not to let this phase them and continued to strive for the victory creating numerous opportunities for both Ceri Thomas and Roberts as excellent attacking play from the midfield enabled the strike duo to get behind the defence on various occasions. The excellent attacking intent of the team soon paid off as another excellent break saw Ceri Thomas whip the ball in for her strike partner to slot home to restore the girls deserved lead. Continuing to attack City's girls were unlucky not to put the game to bed with Yasmin Williams crashing a shot against the bar after another swift attack and Ceri.T. shooting narrowly wide.
Failing to capitalise when in the ascendancy and open up a scoreline they're play had deserved gave the opposition a chance to get back into the game which they took as 2 quick goals saw Rhyl take the lead for the 1st time in the game. As the last 10 minutes of the game swiftly went by Bangor carried on with positive intent looking to get at least 1 point from a match they had not only controlled but dominated for long periods. Again excellent link up play between defence and midfield saw Angharad Evans shoot over and Ceri.R. draw a good save from the opposition stopper, yet the girls were unable to break through a resolute backline.
Player of the match for Bangor was Ceri Thomas who scored 1, assisted 2 and was a constant threat with Managers Player of the Match Ceri Roberts who scored 2 and linked up brilliantly with her strike partner to cause problems for the opposition defence. Fantastic performance all round by the whole team in their 1st match of the season and unfortunate to come away with defeat.