Welshpool Town 2 (Steve Rogers 58, Aden Shannon 74)
Bangor City 0
Welsh Premier League – Jan 14, 2006
Fifteen years ago today a reshuffled Bangor side slipped to a two-nil defeat on a muddy Maesydre which offered little or no opportunity for either team to play football.
With Paul O’Neill injured and Kenny Burgess suspended Bangor opted for a 4-5-1 formation which saw Clayton Blackmore at right back with Kyle Jones and Lee Martin in central defence.
The lone striker was Paul Roberts with Layton Maxwell operating in a “half way house” position off the Criccieth man in preference to the pace of Alex Hay or Carl Lamb.
City played down the hill in the first half and needed to make the most of this advantage.
Ben Ogilvy crossed low to Paul Friel who sent a left-footed curler towards the bottom corner but former Porthmadog goalkeeper Ged McGuigan palmed wide.
Welshpool then went close twice: the first a turn and shoot effort from Aden Shannon and then a clean header from former Bangor striker Ross Jefferies who had developed into a competent midfielder under Tomi Morgan.
Paul Roberts chased a high bouncing ball into the ‘Pool box but failed to control under pressure from John Keegan.
A Bangor corner was half-cleared to Blackmore but his left-footed drive was caught by McGuigan.
There was still time for Paul Roberts to run on goal and fire low past McGuigan, but his low drive clipped the goalkeeper’s heel and bounced to safety.
Ten minutes after the restart Bangor fans thought they had scored when Roberts latched onto a through ball from Maxwell but his lob cleared McGuigan and the crossbar, crashing back off the hoardings.
On 58 minutes the home side had the lead. A misplaced pass by Chris Priest was enough to see Ross Jefferies run down the right, pass infield to Shannon whose lay-off invited a rising finish from Steve “Jolly” Rogers from the edge of the box.
A minute later young Ogilvy made way for substitute Lamb and the formation changed to 4-4-2 with the pacey frontman lining up alongside Roberts.
Welshpool forced a corner on the left which fell to Ross Jefferies but he was denied by a great save from Andrew Price.
However, the goalkeeper had no chance on 74 minutes when Shannon crashed home the second, decisive goal again from the edge of the Bangor box after picking up a pass from Justin Wickham.
On 82 minutes Bangor made a double change, midfielders Mike Walsh and Maxwell making way for striking pair Alex Hay and Mike Burke but it made little difference.
Shannon was shown a second yellow near the end for time-wasting from a throw-in.
Welshpool: Gerard McGuigan, Geraint Windsor, Gethin Lloyd, Mark Roberts, Brett Jefferies, John Keegan, Mike Thompson, Ross Jefferies, Steve Rogers, Justin Wickham, Aden Shannon.
Bangor: Andrew Price, Clayton Blackmore, Ben Ogilvy (Carl Lamb 59), Lee Martin, Martin Beattie, Paul Friel, Mike Walsh (Alex Hay 82), Chris Priest, Paul Roberts, Layton Maxwell (Mike Burke 82), Kyle Jones.