2 Wins in 3 Days as Citizens beat Colwyn Bay
Brayden Shaw & Sam Henry on target for Bangor in pre-season friendly at Llanelian Road
Bangor City’s preparations for the new season continued on Friday night with a narrow victory away to Colwyn Bay. The Citizens’ second away friendly victory in three days was secured by goals from Brayden Shaw and Sam Henry. (Match Report by Jonathan Ervine)
After a fifteen-minute delay to kick-off caused by traffic problems, the match at Llanelian Road got off to a lively start. Inside the first 45 seconds Brayden Shaw put Bangor ahead, breaking into the box to beat Colwyn Bay goalkeeper Matt Cooper from 15 yards after a lay-off from recent signing George Harry.
City’s lead lasted barely a minute as the home side’s left winger Astley Mulholland equalised for Colwyn Bay after breaking in the City penalty area and side-footing past Connor Roberts from ten yards. Both sides had further chances in the ensuing minutes with Sam Henry unable to divert a left-wing cross from Sion Edwards on target and Jamie Rainford shooting narrowly over Connor Roberts’ cross bar from just outside the left-hand side of the City penalty area. With the game still only seven minutes old, Brayden Shaw almost put City back in front but his header rebounded off the cross bar and Matt Cooper saved from Sam Henry’s follow-up shot.
Colwyn Bay forced several chances near the mid-point of the first half with Rainford sending a flashing drive narrowly wide of Connor Roberts’ right-hand post before a long-range shot from Mulholland skimmed the top of the City goalkeeper’s net on the way over.
Brayden Shaw remained a threat for Bangor City, and produced a left-footed shot on the turn sixteen yards out forced home keep Matt Cooper into a save in the twenty-third minute. Shortly after the half hour mark, City’s record signing had a great chance to put his team back in front after the ball was cut back to him by the impressive Cai Owen. However, Shaw’s shot from near the penalty spot went over the bar. Rainford shot narrowly past Connor Robert’s near post eleven minutes before the half-time whistle came with the teams level at one goal each.
The start to the second period wasn’t as frenetic as the beginning of the first half and City slowly began to dominate. In the 54th minute, a neat pass by Brayden Shaw allowed Sion Edwards to break into the left-hand side of the box and fire a powerful shot narrowly past Matt Cooper’s far post. After a spell punctuated by a series of substitutions, George Harry narrowly failed to get on the end of a cross from the right by Brayden Shaw.
Minutes later, the hosts missed an excellent chance to take the lead as substitute Jack Hindle cut the ball back just behind the onrushing Jamie Rainford who appeared set to side-foot home at the back post. In the 78th minute, the hosts would come to rue that miss as a neat through pass allowed Sam Henry time to control the ball before dinking it over Matt Cooper to put City back in front. Although Colwyn Bay pressed hard in the closing minutes, the City defence stood firm and repelled a series of home attacks in order to gain a deserved 2-1 victory.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Brayden Shaw
City’s record signing was the focal point of many of City’s attacks. With an early goal, a header against the crossbar and an assist, he was the stand-out performer.
Matt Cooper (GK), Dan Collins, Anthony Griffith, Josh Brizzell, Shaun Holden, Will Booth, Luke Horrocks, Astley Mulholland, Danny Andrews, Jamie Rainford.
Subs: Jack Hindle, Mike Pino, Kris Leigh, Tom Rutter.
Connor Roberts (GK) Lawrence Wilson, Tom Kennedy, Danny Holmes, Cai Owen, Sion Edwards, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Danny Gosset, George Harry, Brayden Shaw, Sam Henry.
Substitutions: Matt Hall (GK), Anthony Miley, Daniel Nardiello, Luke Wall, Dean Rittenberg.