Airbus UK 1 (Moran 53)
Bangor City 1 (Bull 90 +3)
Welsh Premier League – December 14, 2010
This week 10 years ago saw Bangor drop their first league points of the season following 15 straight wins from the start of the campaign.
However, City fans may well have seen the draw at Airbus as a point gained considering they were without captain James Brewerton and regular goalkeeper Paul Smith, suspended after his sending off in the dramatic 3-1 victory at Aberystwyth three days earlier.
Early chances came and went as Wingmakers keeper Kristian Rogers saved from Chris Jones and young Bangor debutant Dan Jones pushed over a shot from Andy Moran.
Controversy was not far away as Alan Bull ran clear – attacking the social club end – to be denied by Rogers who slid on his side well outside the box. It looked like handball to the blue masses on the open side, but the official waved play on.
City forced a couple of corners which culminated in Jamie Reed’s header flashing wide. The ever dangerous Moran went close for the home side whilst Bull forced a low save from Rogers.
Bangor could not exert any real control in midfield and with both sides tending to go long the game was scarcely much of a spectacle.
However, it was not without chances and Wrexham loanee Nick Rushton shot over following a run and cross from former blue Carl Owen on 25 minutes before City went close three times in as many minutes.
First Nicky Ward shot wide from 30 yards, then Craig Garside hit the crossbar with an overhead kick after a period of pressure and finally Bull shot across goal from the left with Reed hitting the side-netting from a tight angle.
Airbus responded as Rushton fired over before Les Davies had the ball in the back of the net but referee Jones spotted Rogers had also been dispatched!
Bull went close after good build up play involving Davies but Rogers saved and the first half ended goalless.
Bangor forced the first opening of the second period as Chris Jones’ effort was saved by Rogers, but on 53 minutes it was Airbus who took the lead.
Goalkeeper Rogers’ long clearance eluded Michael Johnston and allowed former Rhyl marksman Moran to run on goal to unleash a low drive past Jones.
On 65 minutes Bangor manager Neville Powell decided to change things with the introduction of Sion Edwards and Eddie Jebb in favour of Chris Jones and Garside.
In the 77th minute Clive Williams replaced Chris Roberts as City put the emphasis on attack and gradually the blue army stirred in support.
With five minutes on the clock the increasingly influential Sion Edwards crossed but Davies headed wide. By now the cunning Rogers was fully exploiting the lack of ball boys to take 30-40 seconds for every goal-kick to the annoyance of the Bangor contingent.
There was even more dismay when only four added minutes were displayed by the fourth official.
Bangor were hell-bent on getting something though and the Planemakers defence was creaking but just about surviving until the third minute of added time.
Sion Edwards crossed from the left, Davies saw his header crash against the crossbar but was able to celebrate seconds later as Bull headed home from close range.
In a bizarre scene a handful of home defenders collapsed and lay prone on the pitch as Bangor players cut short their celebrations in a bold bid to force an even later winner.
Unhappily crime does pay sometimes and time ran out with Bangor forced to accept a share of the spoils, which, in the full light of day, might be seen as a triumph over adversity rather than points dropped.
Airbus: Kristian Rogers, Matty Woodward, Ryan Edwards, Leon Clowes, Mark Allen, Matty Cooke, Nick Rushton (Phil Clarke 66), Dan Desormeaux, Andy Moran (Gio Feliciello 66), Carl Owen (Simon Smith 90), Paul McManus.
Bangor: Dan Jones, Peter Hoy, Chris Roberts (Clive Williams 75), Dave Morley, Michael Johnston, Craig Garside (Sion Edwards 64), Jamie Reed, Alan Bull, Les Davies, Nicky Ward, Chris Jones (Eddie Jebb 64).