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Flashback: 15 years ago – City edge a tight contest against Connah’s Quay Nomads

Paul Roberts scored the only goal at Deeside Stadium. Pic: Mike Smith, Citizens Choice website

Connah’s Quay Nomads 0
Bangor City 1 (Paul Roberts 2)
Welsh Premier League – October 14, 2005

Fifteen years ago this midweek Bangor City edged a 1-0 verdict at Deeside Stadium thanks to a very early Paul Roberts strike.

On a difficult bumpy surface neither side could settle to play football but Bangor took the lead before some spectators had settled in their seats.

There seemed little danger when an aimless launch forward was collected by Quay defender Danny Jellicoe, but he lost concentration – and the ball – to allow Roberts to nip in and beat Paul Smith with a clean low drive from 15 yards.

Typical Robbo – always sharp when a chance presented itself, be it in the first minute or the 90th.

At this point Bangor threatened to run riot. Alex Hay crossed from the right and forced Chris Williams to bungle the ball over his bar from close range.

Then with just over 10 minutes gone an inviting cross from left-back Martin Beattie found Hay, but his firm header sped wide of the near post.

Quay were biting into tackles in the midfield area with Alan Morgan and Craig Hutchinson particularly harsh on Paul Friel and Layton Maxwell.

One foul on Maxwell produced a free kick which Clayton Blackmore sent on target from 30 yards but Smith held above his head.

Midway through the half Maxwell evaded Ben Heath to cross from the left but Friel headed wide.

Morgan launched into a two-footed tackle on Friel, but referee Huw Jones leniently yellow-carded the former Rhyl midfielder.

Half-time: Nomads 0 Bangor 1

Neville Powell’s Nomads made two substitutions prior to the restart, replacing Jon Kenworthy and debutant Jamie Walker with Paul McDonnell and Stuart Cook.

Within 10 minutes Cook created an opening for Stuart Rain which Andrew Price did well to save.

Morgan’s 25-yarder was then comfortably held by the City glovesman.

The visitors played for a few minutes with defender Paul O’Neill either off the field or hobbling, but on 63 he was replaced by 16-year-old Ben Ogilvy with the versatile Beattie lining up alongside Kyle Jones.

Just moments later Carl Lamb might have settled the dispute when he raced into the box after Paul Roberts dummied the ball but the young striker wasted the gilt-edged chance.

Ogilvy proceeded to make a fine impression with his determination and composure under pressure.

In the 64th minute Rain made way for James Gambino as the hosts began to create some pressure on the patched-up Bangor defence.

A fine flowing move involving Lamb saw a cross helped on by Maxwell for the charging Roberts but his point-blank header was too close to Smith, who pulled off a crucial stop.

As play switched to the other end Beattie and Jones were at full stretch to protect the clean sheet.

Price saved well from Jellicoe following Quay’s third corner of the evening.

In the 78th minute, Lamb made way for Chris McGinn.

The home side twice hit the woodwork in the closing stages but could not force the all-important goal.

Three minutes from time, 18 year old Kyle Jones – who had battled bravely in central defence – made way for fellow teenager Mike Burke, with Mike Walsh switching to right-back and Blackmore shunting into the middle alongside Beattie.

Nomads fans had reason to rue their last minute luck when Cook saw his effort strike the post and – despite enduring four minutes of stoppage time – Bangor’s youthful side deservedly held out.

Connah’s Quay: Paul Smith, Ben Heath, Liam Brownhill, Craig Hutchinson, Chris Williams, Danny Jellicoe, Jamie Walker (Stuart Cook 46), Alan Morgan, Stuart Rain (James Gambino 64), Gary Reah, Jon Kenworthy (Paul McDonnell 46).

Bangor City: Andrew Price, Clayton Blackmore, Martin Beattie, Kyle Jones (Mike Burke 87), Paul O’Neill (Ben Ogilvy 63), Paul Friel, Layton Maxwell, Mike Walsh, Paul Roberts, Alex Hay, Carl Lamb (Chris McGinn 78).

Many thanks to Mike Smith of the Citizens Choice website as always for his excellent report

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