Fantastic performance by City's U16 Girls in undeserved defeat!!!
Great showing from Bangor's girls despite loss!!!
Saturday 8th October saw Bangor City FC U16 Girls travel to Prestatyn for their North Wales Girls League fixture. A fantastic performance from the team saw the girls play some outstanding football at an excellent tempo and were unfortunate to come away with defeat, in a scoreline which hugely flattered Prestatyn.
Bangor's girls started the game brightest, taking control of the game, dictating it at an excellent tempo, pressing the opposition high and looking to attack quickly when in possession. City's dominance in the opening period should have seen the girls take the lead when after less than 5 minutes into the game Ceri Thomas, coming in to the match off back to back hat tricks, broke through the Prestatyn defence and hammered the ball home past the opposition stopper, only to be wrongly adjudged off-side and have the goal disallowed. The girls didn't let this error phase them and continued to dominate the match, creating more openings with Shannon Jones going on a fantastic run from midfield but putting her shot just wide of the post.
To add further insult to injury after having a goal disallowed Prestatyn then took the lead in controversial circumstances after their player received the ball in a clearly offside position, only for play to be waved on and their striker slotted home. City's girls did not let this phase them as they continued to dominate the game and territory, foraying into the opposition half at will and creating numerous opportunities. This pressure finally paid off as Ceri Thomas, after excellent link up play between Shannon Jones and Angharad Evans, picked up the ball in front of the Prestatyn defence drove past 2 challenges and netted the equaliser.
Despite Bangor creating further opportunities to take the lead with Yasmin Williams and Shannon both coming close, it was the home side who went 2-1 up before the break, after Tash Matthews was denied by a good save from the opposition stopper and a swift counter-attack ensued from the goalie's long clearance.
Just as the half-time whistle was about to go Shannon Jones sustained a serious injury to her leg on the pitch and the match was halted for over 45 minutes for the arrival of an ambulance. All the best to Shannon in her recovery from everyone at the club.
Struggling to get back into the game after the long interval the girls soon found themselves 3-1 down. Showing the fantastic team spirit which the group has developed over the past 3 seasons, the team continued to work hard closing down the opposition quickly, then playing with a good tempo and looking to move the ball forward. City soon reaped the rewards for their attacking endeavour as excellent build up play from the back between Ffion Roberts, Siwan Williams and Tash Matthews enabled Bangor's attacking players to push high into the Prestatyn half where Ceri Thomas was again able to pick the ball up in space beat 2 defenders and slot home for her 10th goal of the season to make it 3-2.
As the girls pushed for an equaliser more good swift play from the back this time down the right through Ffion Owen, Erin Jones and Angharad Evans, saw Angharad beat her player, drive deep into opposition territory, almost to the dead ball line, pull the ball back across the box for the predatory Ceri Thomas to tap in, only for Ceri to again be adjudged to have been offside despite receiving the ball from behind Angharad. The resulting free-kick, taken from 10 yards outside the Prestatyn penalty area, was punted forward while Bangor's girls were still in disarray after a 2nd disallowed goal of the match, and the opposition striker was able to get in behind and make it 4-2.
Continuing to fight for a way back into the match an excellent ball from stand-in goalkeeper Ceri Roberts saw City swiftly into attack as Ceri found Yasmin down the left hand-side who beat her player and played a sublime through ball to Ceri Thomas who running into the box 1 on 1 with the goalie was dragged down from behind by the chasing defender, but no penalty awarded. Despite the wind being taken out of their sails, Bangor's girls carried on playing on the front foot, still trying to claw back the deficit. However, throwing caution to the wind left the girls exposed at the back and they were twice caught on the counter attack in the last 10 minutes giving the opposition a highly flattering 6-2 victory.
Player of the match for Bangor was Ceri Thomas who had another top class performance up front netting a further 2 goals and Managers Player of the match was Yasmin Williams who had a great game in midfield working tirelessly to get forward and get City on the attack as well as tracking back to help out defensively. Outstanding performance by the whole team, excellent effort and intensity to their play, with some fantastic football being played in both attack and defence, well done girls keep up the hard work!!!