Another Sam Jones hat-trick seals the points at Flint Town United
By Kevin Owen
Bangor City Under-19's produce a terrific second half display to beat Flint after trailing at the interval
Bangor City U19’s travelled to Flint on MD8 of the Welsh Premier Development League looking to build on their recent good form. Coach Dave Cavanagh made two changes from the team that defeated Bala in the Welsh Youth Cup, with Ben Williams coming in for Gruff Stead and City giving a debut to recent signing Guto Huws who joined from Aberystwyth Town U19’s.
The young Citizens started the game against a strong and determined Flint side and had to work really hard to control possession. Flint put City under early pressure, and this pressure paid dividends in the 10th minute when Flint took the lead as a result of a strong shot from outside the box which was saved well by Leon Jones but pushed out only for the follow up to be put away.
City pushed hard for an equaliser and when Guto Huws found space on the left and delivered a great cross in for Alex Boss to head down and goal bound but the Flint keeper pulled off a great save to deny the City striker. An even first half in terms of possession but Flint entered the break one-nil up.
Half-Time: Flint Town U19 1-0 Bangor City U19
The Citizens began the second period in much more determined mood and gradually took control of the game through the midfield. Both Ben Williams and Gethin Thomas were beginning to win the ball and set up City’s counter attacks.
Bangor were now gaining momentum and the equaliser came on the 65th minute when a ball was played through to Sam Jones on the edge of the box, and the striker produced a great piece of individual skill to turn the defender and shoot into the corner of the net to bring the young Citizens level.
City continued to press and when an 88th minute free kick was delivered to the far post, Ben Williams rose to head across the box and Sam Jones was waiting to volley past the keeper and take City into a deserved lead. Bangor’s tails were up and both Jake Jones and Sam Jones were pressing the Flint defence at every opportunity.
Sam Jones capped off a fine performance in the 89 minute, when he won back possession inside the Flint penalty area and placed the ball into the home net once again to bag a hat trick with his eleventh league goal of the season. Overall, an outstanding second half performance from the U19’s to produce a well deserved 3 points.