Flashback – 5 years ago: City breeze to victory at Latham Park

Action from Newtown (red) v Bangor City. Picture: Citizens Choice website

Newtown 0
Bangor City 3 (Damien Allen, Rio Ahmadi, Adam Cummins)
Welsh Premier League – October 24, 2015

Neville Powell’s Bangor side were worthy winners of this Welsh Premier encounter at Latham Park played five years ago this weekend.

The 3G surface seemed to suit the visitors who took the lead in under 60 seconds.

A speculative cross or shot from the left from Damien Allen deceived all and sundry and bounced inside the far post with Newtown goalkeeper Dave Jones launching an inquest.

The Robins responded with a couple of attacks but were unable to test Connor Roberts.

Bangor fought for parity in midfield with Ashley Young working hard, Ryan Edwards tireless as ever and Allen pulling the strings.

City attacked down the left with Sion Edwards and Sam Hart combining to create an opening for Rio Ahmadi, which was blocked.

But on 38 minutes a good opening got better for Bangor as Chris Jones released Ryan Edwards who kept his cool to square to Ahmadi, and he prodded the ball past goalkeeper Jones and into the empty net.

Within a minute it could have been three as Sion Edwards beat his man to cross from the left but Ahmadi turned his first-time effort into the side netting.

Half time: Newtown 0 Bangor City 2

After the restart, City were the first to threaten as Ryan Edwards forced an acrobatic save from Jones.

The away side pressed again down the right, Newtown half-cleared and as Ryan Edwards shot on target what looked a home handball was waved away by referee Kris Hames.

Right-back Anthony Miley headed wide, then soon after another penalty shout but again nothing doing.

In the 68th minute, any hopes of a Newtown fightback were ended as Adam Cummins got the decisive header to an inswinging free kick from the right by left footer Sion Edwards.

On 72 minutes Christian Langos replaced Ahmadi and his pace was to upset the pedestrian Tom Goodwin playing as a makeshift centre-half.

City won a couple of corners with young Langos running in behind the home defence on the left but failing to get the better of keeper Jones.

Jones’ best stop was to deny  Allen a deserved second with a flying one-handed effort.

There was controversy near the end as Langos ran after a bouncing ball and was chopped down by goalkeeper Jones well outside his box on the Bangor right. 

Referee Hames got his red card out – but under pressure from the beaten Robins – changed it for yellow. 

Newtown: Dave Jones, Craig Williams, Steffan Edwards (Jack Hughes 66), Matty Owen, Kieran Mills-Evans, Marc Griffiths, Tom Goodwin, Matty Cook, Luke Boundford, Jamie Price (Craig Harris 81), Neil Mitchell.

Bangor City: Connor Roberts, Ryan Edwards, Sam Hart, Leon Clowes, Adam Cummins, Anthony Miley, Chris Jones, Damien Allen, Porya Ahmadi (Christian Langos 72), Ashley Young (Shaun Cavanagh 90), Sion Edwards (Joe Williams 86).

Attendance: 312

Huge thanks as always to Mike Smith of the Citizens Choice website for match information

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