Outstanding performance by City's U16 Girls in hard fought draw
Fantastic 2nd half showing from Bangor's Girls against local rivals
Outstanding performance by Bangor City FC U16 Girls in their North Wales Girls League Home fixture V Caernarfon on Saturday 1st October. An excellent showing from Bangor's girls, including another 2nd half come back, ensured a hard fought draw against the local rivals.
A slow start to the game from Bangor saw the opposition take the lead early, but a good response from the girls showing the better pace to their play which they can have, saw them soon back on level terms after captain Ceri Thomas finished off an excellent attacking move to make it 1-1. This goal spurred the girls on to play with more urgency and they were soon in the ascendancy creating good chances through Shannon Jones down the left hand side and Angharad Evans down the right but the girls failed to capitalise and were guilty of holding onto the ball too long when in attack allowing the opposition the chance to get back and reorganise.
This slowness in possession and inability to make the most of their chances soon saw the girls fall behind for the 2nd time in the game as Caernarfon counter attacked quickly after Bangor lost the ball in midfield and slotted home. Before half-time the opposition were able to extend their lead to 3-1 from a free-kick and despite creating more opportunities to score Bangor were unable to make further inroads into the Caernarfon lead.
Demonstrating the extra urgency that was required when in possession the girls came flying out of the blocks 2nd half and soon had the opposition pegged back into their territory, where they would spend the majority of the period. After failing to capitalise on their chances in the 1st half the girls were more clinical in the 2nd period and Ceri Thomas had soon added to her tally for the season to bring the deficit down to just 1 within the 1st 2 minutes. Ceri then made it consecutive hat-tricks after excellent build up play from midfield saw Tash Matthews release Shannon to break free down the right beating 2 players as she made it to the by-line before pulling the ball-back for Ceri to smash into the roof of the net to bring the scores level.
Continuing to pressurise Caernarfon's defence Bangor kept on creating chances and it was not long before they had taken the lead for the 1st time in the game as Ceri made it 4 goals for the match after nicking the ball off the opposition in midfield, driving forward beating 2 defenders and slotting home to give Bangor a deserved 4-3 lead. Looking to open up a lead the girls continued to press high up the pitch and were nearly rewarded after great link up play between Ceri Roberts and Yasmin Williams saw Ceri shoot narrowly wide. However, failure to secure a larger lead enabled Caernarfon to this time bring the scores level after a swift counter-attack saw them get behind the Bangor defence and get an equaliser.
With 20 minutes left of the match the girls had plenty of time to retake they're lead and gave everything they could to that end. During this period the girls play was not lacking any urgency as they threw everything forward, playing the ball out wide quickly with players making runs into the box, looking to get in behind the opposition defence with a run or a pass as much as they could but they were unable to break down the resolute Caernarfon back-line. Chance after chance was created as wave after wave of Bangor attack saw blue surging forward with Angharad shooting narrowly over from outside the box, Shannon and Yasmin firing just wide, Ceri somehow stopped from further adding to her tally as the Caernarfon goalkeeper at full stretch parried the shot and then scrambled to remarkably tip the ball round the post just as it was about the cross the line and her strike partner Ceri Roberts drawing another outstanding save from the opposition stopper.
Despite all of the pressure and chances created in the final period of the game City's Girls were unable to restore their lead and had to settle for a hard fought point as the scores finished 4-4, in what was a cracking game of football played in a great spirit with excellent football being displayed by both teams!!!
Another fantastic all round performance by Bangor's girls in what has been an excellent start to the season, really positive way to begin the campaign, playing fantastic exciting football, scoring lots of goals and unbeaten over the last 2 matches, well done girls, keep it up!!!!
Player of the match for Bangor was Ceri Thomas who had another fantastic match up front scoring 4 this week and always looking dangerous with Managers Player of the match being Ffion Owen who had an excellent game 1st half in defence making some key tackles; distributing the ball well to start Bangor's attacks and a brilliant 2nd half in goal!!!