MATCH REPORT | Bangor City Under-19's Run Riot Against Caernarfon Town
By Kevin Owen
Young Citizens Hit Double Figures Against 10-man Caernarfon Town in Welsh Premier Development League North
On a bitingly cold Thursday night at the VSM Bangor Stadium, the Young Citizens registered a thumping 10-1 win over neighbours Caernarfon Town as they maintained the pressure on their rivals at the top end of the WPDL North standings.
A nervy opening fifteen minutes saw both sides struggle to gain control of the proceedings with neither side managing to put together sustained periods of possession. City's first opening came on the quarter hour mark as Guto Williams sent a dangerous inswinging free kick into the area from the left side but the Caernarfon keeper gathered safely.
The Citizens then created two opportunities with Gethin Thomas cutting into the area and sending a ball across the face of the goal which narrowly eluded the incoming Alex Boss on 17 minutes. Then, two minutes later Gruff Stead crossed from the left hand byeline but again the ball eluded the predatory Boss.
The breakthrough eventually arrived after 21 minutes as Jake Jones received a ball on the edge of the penalty area and turned his marker before slotting home at the near post for the all-important lead.
With 24 minutes played, Alex Boss anticipated a through ball and raced goalwards only to be felled by the outrushing Caernarfon guardian on the edge of the "D". The referee reached into his pocket and out came the red card and the visitors were reduced to ten men. However, the Citizens failed to capitalise as the substitute keeper safely gathered the resulting free kick.
Striker Sam Jones then missed a glorious chance on 27 minutes as his shot flew agonisingly wide from Jake Jones' inviting cross on the right-hand side. With 32 minutes on the clock, Sam Jones then played a defence-splitting reverse pass to set Gethin Thomas in on goal but the energetic midfielder dragged his shot wide of the left hand post.
Two minutes later and the Young Citizens doubled the advantage as Gruff Stead capped off a fine individual move from the left hand side of the penalty area to slot home for a 2-0 lead.
Five minutes before the interval, Jake Jones threaded through a delightful pass for Gruff Stead to finish with aplomb from 10-yards and give Bangor a comfortable 3-0 margin at the interval.
Half-Time: Bangor City U19 3-0 Caernarfon Town U19
The Citizens continued where they left off as the second half resumed with a spectacular fourth goal on 46 minutes. An interchange of passes with Gruff Stead set left back Harry Hughes free down the flank and his cross to the far post was met by an acrobatic scissors kick from Alex Boss that found the bottom left hand corner of the net for a 4-0 lead.
By now, Bangor were firmly in command and dominating proceedings. Alex Boss was enjoying the freedom to run at pace down the right flank and he sent two crosses into the area in quick succession but the industrious Gruff Stead was unable to find the necessary accuracy with headed efforts to extend City's lead further.
Coach Dave Cavanagh then made two substitutions either side of the hour mark as first Geraint Jones replaced Gethin Thomas (56') before Jason Banks was introduced in place of Gruff Stead (63').
With the match entering the final twenty minutes, it was Caernarfon that scored the next goal. A long ball from deep into their own half caught the Bangor defence flat-footed and as the Caernarfon substitute cut in from the right hand side his cross was met by Aron Thomas who poked home from close range to reduce the arrears to 4-1.
Any glimmer of hope that the visitors had of a comeback was quickly extinguished as City wasted no time in reaffirming their superiority. From the restart a City move was halted at the expense of a corner and from the resulting flag kick centre back Louis McFarlane powered home with a towering header (74').
Three minutes later and Jake Jones capitalised on an error from the Caernarfon centre back to nick the ball away and net his second goal of the evening and put City 6-1 ahead. Bangor then made their third and final substitution as midfielder Cai Huws replaced Alex Boss.
Substitute Geraint Jones then sent a piledriver narrowly over the Caernarfon crossbar on 80 minutes before City were awarded a penalty two minutes later. Sam Jones had his heels clipped as he raced through on goal and stepped up to coolly plant his spot kick into the bottom right hand corner and increase the lead to 7-1.
The Citizens then added three further goals in the closing five minutes. Jake Jones completed his hat-trick on 86 minutes from a Sam Jones pass to cap a fine individual performance.
A great run down the right from Jason Banks set-up Sam Jones for his brace (87'), before Banks then completed the rout with a fine individual goal as he waltzed through the demoralised Caernarfon backline before tapping home for City's tenth goal.
Full-Time: Bangor City U19 10-1 Caernarfon Town U19
The Under-19's are scheduled to play Airbus UK Broughton this Sunday, 10 December, followed by The New Saints on Sunday, 17 December, in two crucial Welsh Premier Development League North matches at the VSM Bangor Stadium (both 2pm Kick Offs).