Bangor City 4 (Hay 24, Maxwell 52 & 74, McGinn 87)
Welsh Cup round two, October 1, 2005
Fifteen years ago this weekend Layton Maxwell was star of the show for a Bangor side given a good test by Llanberis of the two levels below Welsh Alliance League in a Welsh Cup clash at Farrar Road.
Maxwell, who is actually 41 today (October 3), spent just the one season with Bangor, having five years earlier scored in the only first team game he played for Liverpool – a 4-2 League Cup victory over Hull City.
On this day he featured for a Bangor outfit determined to avoid the sort of Welsh Cup slip-up they suffered at the hands of lower league Glantraeth two years previously.
Credit to Llanberis, they created chances right till the end and never resorted to foul play despite being largely outplayed from start to finish.
The team news for the hosts saw Eifion Jones and Chris Priest ruled out with injuries which offered a debut to Lee Martin alongside Paul O’Neill, whilst the versatile Michael Walsh lined up alongside Paul Friel in central midfield.
So the Darans were facing two ex-Manchester United stars, one of whom scored the winner in an FA Cup Final.
Martin bagged the decider in the 1990 replay against Crystal Palace at Wembley, while the other Red Devil in the Bangor line up was future Citizens player-boss Clayton Blackmore, who actually replaced Martin at left-back for much of the 1990-91 season and won 39 caps for Wales.
The visitors shocked City supporters by winning a first-minute corner and raising anxiety levels for a moment or two but it was Darren Owen – facing Bangor – who made the first save from Friel seconds later.
Peter Davenport’s Bangor outfit built up some pressure as Alex Hay headed narrowly wide before Carl Lamb nodded a Kevin Scott cross into the path of Paul Roberts, but his effort was held by Owen.
In the 24th minute City had the lead. It came via the ever improving Hay, who cut in from the left to shoot right-footed into the near corner despite Owen’s wholehearted full-length dive.
New signing Martin looked calm and composed – and controlled the ball back to goal, turned and shot narrowly wide.
As time ran out Lamb headed wide from close range, Paul Roberts fired over left footed and finally Walsh saw his shot blocked by the on-rushing Owen who was determined not to suffer a landslide defeat.
Half-time: Bangor City 1 Llanberis 0
The second half belonged largely to Maxwell, who bemused and bewitched the spirited Lakesiders with quick feet, incisive passing and clinical finishing.
Inside five minutes he had connected with a header which flew over the crossbar, played a one-two with Hay as the striker shot on target twice, and run past the defence to set up Walsh, whose shot was off radar.
The industrious Darren Owen saved twice from Hay on the right before Maxwell dazzled the visitors defence to send a low cross onto Lamb’s shin three yards out, which hit the young striker unawares.
On 52 minutes it was 2-0. A neat pass and lay-off from Paul Roberts supplied Maxwell on the edge of the box and he stroked the ball home with Owen flat-footed and defence not knowing which way to turn.
Hay was now causing all sorts of problems by running at the Llanberis defence for whom Martin Watkinson and Terry Saynor did well to stand firm.
Mention also of midfielder Kevin Owen, who worked hard for the visitors.
Beris man of the match Darren Owen saved well from Hay before on 74 minutes City went 3-0 up.
Sub Chris McGinn’s shot was blocked but Maxwell found time and space to lift the ball precisely into the top right-hand corner.
In the closing quarter Llanberis upped their attacking threat and Andrew Price saved well from the hard working Jamie Roberts, who could not quite match his two-goal salvo of the first round win at Llangollen.
On 87 minutes McGinn struck the ball at Owen, chased the high rising rebound and calmly slotted home from eight yards.
Darren Owen rounded off a fine game in the Darans goal with a super late save from Walsh.
Bangor City: Andrew Price, Clayton Blackmore, Kevin Scott, Lee Martin, Paul O’Neill, Paul Friel, Layton Maxwell, Mike Walsh, Paul Roberts, Alex Hay, Carl Lamb. Subs: Kyle Jones, Chris McGinn, Martin Beattie.
Llanberis: Darren Owen, Nidian Huws, Chris Joyce, Martin Watkinson, Terry Saynor, Kevin Owen, Carl Jones, Steven Owen, David Jones, Owain Morris, Jamie Roberts. Subs: Carwyn Jones, Geraint Jones, Jason Roberts.
Referee: Brian Lawlor