MATCH REPORT | Late Penalty Rescues Point at Conwy Borough
By Kevin Owen
Defensive frailties prove costly as Citizens come from behind three times at The Morfa
Bangor City's Under-19 Development side returned to action on Thursday night at The Morfa after an enforced lay off of almost five weeks due to postponements and one abandoned match.
Fielding an adventurous 3-5-2 formation, the young Citizens dominated possession in the early stages and Sam Ashworth was presented with the first clear cut opportunity after 15 minutes when he found himself one-on-one with Conwy keeper Tyler Evans but the Tangerines stopper was equal to Ashworth's well-struck shot.
Against the run of play, it was the hosts who went ahead after 23 minutes as City guardian Leon Jones could only parry a driven shot from the left flank by Harry Smith which presented the incoming Liam Geraghty with a straightforward finish from 6-yards.
With 34 minutes played City were left off the hook as a Leon Jones clearance was blocked by a Conwy forward but the resulting shot was wayward and the Citizens breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Bangor continued to control possession and apply pressure and the equaliser duly arrived after 38 minutes when Jake Jones capitalised on a loose ball on the edge of the area to slot home from 12-yards.
Half Time: Conwy Borough U19 1-1 Bangor City U19
Within three minutes of the restart, the hosts went ahead once again as Conwy's Harry Smith shrugged off the combined challenges of Louis McFarlane and Ben Williams before coolly slotting in from a tight angle inside the penalty area.
Coach Dave Cavanagh then made the first of three changes as Deegan Booton replaced Ben Williams on 67 minutes. Three minutes later and Jake Jones produced a deft turn before unleashing a left-footed shot that flew inches over the Conwy crossbar.
Further substitutions were made by both sides before City levelled matters in the 77th minute. Geraint Jones played a ball in to Sam Jones down the right hand side and Bangor's leading marksman wrong-footed his marker before applying a left-foot finish inside the near post.
Switching from the right to the left flank, Alex Boss was proving a handful for the Conwy defence with his electric pace and the night's only caution was given with 10 minutes left for one heavy challenge too many on Boss by the Conwy rearguard.
After 84 minutes, Bangor's uncertainty at the back proved costly once more as the Citizens rearguard failed to clear their lines and presented Conwy substitute Curtis Cooper with a tap-in from point blank range to put the hosts back in front at 3-2.
With just a minute of normal time remaining, Alex Boss made inroads down the left before being up-ended inside the area and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the spot kick. Up stepped Sam Jones to send the goalkeeper the wrong way as he slotted into the bottom right hand corner to level matters at 3-3.
The Citizens almost stole the points in the final minute as they searched for the winning goal but Sam Ashworth had his goalbound effort charged down as the match ended all square.
Full Time: Conwy Borough U19 3-3 Bangor City U19