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Bangor City First Team - Match centre

Bangor City FC
Cardiff Met
D Rittenberg (31')
Full time
Sat 13 May 17:15 - Cup Attendance 956

Citizens are Europe bound!

Bangor City qualify for the UEFA Europa League following a tense WPL Play-Off Final win over Cardiff Met

Key Moments
31' GOAL:
Dean Rittenberg finishes from 6-yards from a Gary Taylor-Fletcher side pass as the referee plays the advantage despite a foul on Henry Jones in the build up.
65' DISALLOWED GOAL: Cardiff Met see an equaliser from a corner kick chalked off for an infringement (hand ball).

Post-Match Interviews via the official Bangor City FC audioBoom channel:
Gary Taylor-Fletcher [click here]
Dean Rittenberg [click here]

Match Report courtesy of wpl.cymru

Photo Gallery: Bangor City 1-0 Cardiff Met (Sat, 13 May 2017)
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Bangor City win Play-off to qualify for Europe

A 32nd minute Dean Rittenberg goal was enough to fire Bangor City into the UEFA Europa League following a 1-0 win over Cardiff Met in an enthralling match.

Bangor City 1-0 Cardiff Met
Dafabet Welsh Premier League European Play-off Final
Saturday, 13 May 2017

There was an electric atmosphere at the Bangor University Stadium where Bangor City took all the glory in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League European Play-off Final.

It was billed as the €215,000 match as the winners of the tie achieved qualification for the UEFA Europa League.

The Citizens can now look forward to a European adventure as they join The New Saints, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Bala Town in qualifying for Europe. The UEFA Champions League and Europa League draws will take place on 21 June.

Bangor City dominated the first half of this tie with Gary Taylor-Fletcher instrumental throughout. The Citizens Player Manager was on the end of a corner during the the early exchanges and drew a fantastic save from Cardiff Met goalkeeper Will Fuller.

The crowd at the Bangor University Stadium created an electric atmosphere and cheered on as Taylor-Fletcher went close again from Gary Roberts’ cross into the box. Taylor-Fletcher got his head to the ball but directed his effort past the left post.

On the half-hour mark, Cardiff Met changed their shape to try and block the space that Bangor had enjoyed in midfield. However, despite coming up against extra bodies, the Citizens found their way to the back of net when a lovely move resulted in a deserved goal.

As Henry Jones ran up the right wing, he released Taylor-Fletcher on the edge of the box despite being fouled in the process. After Referee Bryn Markham-Jones played some excellent advantage, the former Blackpool player picked out a lovely pass to Dean Rittenburg, who had plenty of time to slot the ball into the net to make it 1-0.

It was Rittenburg’s third goal of the season, with all three being scored against the Archers.

Cardiff Met ended the half strongly and forced several corners but the Archers were unable to find the breakthrough that they needed.

The Students picked up where they left off in the second period and pressed Bangor all over the pitch and forcing Citizens goalkeeper Connor Roberts into making several excellent saves.

One of Cardiff Met’s best chances was created in the 56th minute when Jordan Lam set-up Eliott Evans with a neat pass. He looked set to score but somehow Roberts dived to push the ball away to safety from point-blank range.

Ten minutes later, Will Evans went close for Cardiff Met as they piled on the pressure. He headed the ball down towards the goal line but once again Roberts was there to save Bangor.

Shortly after, Adam Roscrow thought he’d equalised for Cardiff Met when he turned in the box to fire the ball past Roberts. The goal was ruled out however, as the striker had handled the ball to bring it under control.

Bangor settled and nearly added to their lead with substitute Sion Edwards being presented with a fantastic chance after he got on the end of Henry Jones’ through ball. He released a powerful shot but Fuller pulled off an excellent save to keep Cardiff Met in the game.

The Citizens managed to hold on to their slender lead and the Bangor University Stadium erupted with joy and celebrations as Markham-Jones blew the full-time whistle to confirm Bangor City’s return to Europe.

Following the match, an ecstatic Gary Taylor-Fletcher said: “It’s absolutely superb. We had to dig in right until the end.

“We were hanging on, but we knew we had a bit of quality and that was the edge today.

“We’re in Europe!”

Bangor’s captain Gary Roberts added: “It could have gone either way. It means everything to the club [to be back in Europe]. We’ve worked hard as a unit, not just the players but all the staff at Bangor City Football Club.”

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Key moments

31:00
Goal Dean Rittenberg scores for Bangor City FC

Videos and photos

Highlights

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84:00 Sub On
Gwion Howell is substituted on for Cardiff Met
84:00 Sub Off
Adam Roscrow is substituted off for Cardiff Met
78:00 Sub On
Yalany Baio is substituted on for Bangor City FC
78:00 Sub Off
Damien Allen is substituted off for Bangor City FC
63:00 Yellow Card
Paul Connolly is yellow carded for Bangor City FC
62:00 Sub On
Sion Edwards is substituted on for Bangor City FC
62:00 Sub Off
Gary Taylor-Fletcher is substituted off for Bangor City FC
62:00 Sub On
Ben Bowler is substituted on for Cardiff Met
62:00 Sub Off
Josh Barnett is substituted off for Cardiff Met
51:00 Yellow Card
Josh Barnett is yellow carded for Cardiff Met
46:00 Sub On
Jordan Lam is substituted on for Cardiff Met
46:00 Sub Off
Rhys Thomas is substituted off for Cardiff Met
End of period 1
31:00 Goal 1 - 0
Dean Rittenberg scores for Bangor City FC
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Bangor City FC
  • Cardiff Met
  • 0
  • Dean Rittenberg Goal 31:00'
  • Rhys Thomas Sub Off 46:00'
  • Jordan Lam Sub On 46:00'
  • Josh Barnett Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Sion Edwards Sub On 62:00'
  • Gary Taylor-Fletcher Sub Off 62:00'
  • Ben Bowler Sub On 62:00'
  • Josh Barnett Sub Off 62:00'
  • Paul Connolly Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Yalany Baio Sub On 78:00'
  • Damien Allen Sub Off 78:00'
  • Gwion Howell Sub On 84:00'
  • Adam Roscrow Sub Off 84:00'

Team selection

Roberts, Connor Roberts, Connor
Roberts, Gary Roberts, Gary
Wilson, Laurence Wilson, Laurence
Connolly, Paul Connolly, Paul
Miley, Anthony Miley, Anthony
Jackson, Bradley Jackson, Bradley
Jones, Henry Jones, Henry
Allen, Damien Allen, Damien
Gosset, Danny Gosset, Danny
Taylor-Fletcher, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Gary
Rittenberg, Dean Rittenberg, Dean
Bangor City FC
Cardiff Met
  • 1. Will Fuller
  • 2. Matt Taylor
  • 3. Kyle McCarthy
  • 4. Bradley Woolridge
  • 5. Emlyn Lewis
  • 6. Josh Barnett
  • 7. Eliot Evans
  • 8. Will Evans
  • 9. Adam Roscrow
  • 10. Charlie Corsby
  • 11. Rhys Thomas
  • 12. Jordan Lam
  • 13. Ben Bowler
  • 14. Gwion Howell
  • 15. Liam Black
  • 16. Harri Lloyd

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