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Flashback: NWCFA Challenge Cup Final – Bangor City v Glantraeth (2011-12)

Next season the North Wales Coast FA Challenge Cup competition is due to return after a six-year absence.

Grassroots North Wales is running a mini-series recollecting past finals.

In our eighth instalment, we remember Bangor City winning the trophy for a 13th time on an afternoon when rank outsiders Glantraeth were the opposition.

Bangor City 4 (Bull 2, Smyth, Edwards) Glantraeth 1 (Evans)
NWCFA Challenge Cup Final – May 6, 2012

Eight years after underdogs Glantraeth had stunned North Wales football by knocking Bangor out of the Welsh Cup on penalties, City got revenge of sorts as they whipped the Anglesey side in the 2012 Coast Challenge Cup Final at Nantporth.

Neville Powell’s Welsh Premier stars took a very early lead against the Welsh Alliance Division Two champions from three levels below.

Despite some brave defence and a Marc Evans strike for the islanders, the Citizens ran out comfortable winners before a decent crowd.

The lead came inside 30 seconds as Alan Bull crossed left-footed from the right and Mark Smyth netted from close range.

It might have been two minutes later as David Clarke did well to turn Les Davies header over.

On 13 minutes it was 2-0 as Sion Edwards waltzed through the Glantraeth defence before driving home from an acute angle on the left.

Bull repeated the Edwards’ dose with a solo run and calm finish on the quarter-hour.

But spirited Glantraeth were not giving up and out of the blue they won a penalty as Clive Williams brought down Marc Evans who netted the spot kick to bring the islanders into the game at 3-1 on the half hour.

This heralded a fightback of sorts from the Anglesey side who showed they could pass but failed to really trouble keeper Kyle Clancy often enough.

Before the interval it was 4-1 as Bull smashed home from a narrow angle.

Half time: Bangor City 4 Glantraeth 1

City began the second period attacking the Antelope End and Clive Williams quickly tested Clarke with a clean strike which the keeper duly saved.

Davies set up Damien Allen with a clever dummy but the midfielder failed to beat the keeper in a one-on-one.

City won another corner through Davies and when the cross came over Craig Garside struck the upright with a powerful strike with Clarke helpless.

Another flag-kick for Bangor but after Clarke saved well from Davies the big striker smashed the rebound wide against his former club.

In all honesty the game was now in the doldrums with only Davies showing much attacking intent.

Hoy charged into the box but his birthday celebrations were dampened by Clarke who saved again. With time running out Bull went close but scuffed his shot and a hat-trick went begging.

So a subdued second half with City perhaps feeling the game was won and Glantraeth enjoying more possession.

In the closing minutes Clancy saved from Chris Evans’ long range effort.

Frankie D’Angio shot but Clarke saved well again in added time to confirm a 4-1 final score and a 13th NWCFA Challenge Cup success for City.

Bangor City: Kyle Clancy, Peter Hoy, Sion Edwards (Dan Lowndes 65), Clive Williams, Damien Allen, Michael Johnston, Chris Jones (Kyle Wilson 65), Craig Garside, Les Davies, Alan Bull, Mark Smyth (Frankie De Angio 82).

Glantraeth: David Clarke, Chris Bennett, Chris Evans, Matt Lock, Kieren Jeffreys, Jamie Roberts, James Saxon (Darren Garmey 72), Bryn Roberts (Paul Rowlands 61), Anthony Hughes, Marc Evans, Andy Clarke (Chris Roberts 76).
Attendance: 342.

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