Bangor City 1 (Jones 42)
Prestatyn Town 2 (Rogers 21, O’Neill 32)
Welsh Premier League – April 1, 2011
For anyone who was there, this game played 10 years ago will always be remembered for producing a legitimate goal which was farcically disallowed.
With the visitors 2-1 up in the second half, Prestatyn’s Ross Stephens hit a shot which beat City keeper Paul Smith and bounced out off the back stanchion.
A clear goal, yet none of the officials saw fit to award it, and play continued.
Town took the three points, so for that reason not too much was made of the error. Had it affected the result to the Seasiders’ detriment, however, it may have become much more of an issue.
Bangor slumped to just their second home league loss in 14 starts. The outcome placed further doubt on their title challenge, but as we now know all turned out joyously for Neville Powell’s side.
City went close on 40 seconds when Alan Bull blazed over from the edge of the box, then Prestatyn midfielder Mike Parker ran clear but shot weakly at the reinstated Smith.
Then disaster struck for the hosts. Peter Hoy chased down the right and challenged for a ball which Town defender Paul O’Neill had cleared a split second earlier.
Hoy made contact with O’Neill and – after consulting with the linesman Martin Trigg – referee Mike Jones showed red.
Prestatyn striker Lee Hunt then fired wide from long range before Bull could have given City the lead but headed at keeper Jon Hill-Dunt.
After 21 minutes it was 1-0 to Prestatyn. A low cross from the right by Dan Evans was turned in by Steve Rogers.
Bangor rallied. Right winger Eddie Jebb, who was outstanding, turned and fired narrowly wide. A third home corner was headed off target by James Brewerton. Darren Moss crossed, but Bull also nodded over.
But on 32 minutes Jack Lewis’ long throw was not cleared and O’Neill scored from eight yards against his former club to double the visitors lead.
Bangor were down to 10 men and two goals behind, but if they felt despair it did not show as self pity.
A fourth corner saw two shots blocked before Chris Jones struck the target but Hill-Dunt gathered.
Three minutes prior to the interval the Citizens were back in it.
Les Davies left his marker O’Neill for dead on the left and crossed low for Chris Jones to crash the ball into the roof of the net from 10 yards.
Half-time: Bangor 1 Prestatyn 2
The second period saw Bangor playing towards the St Paul’s End with a stiff breeze at their backs and Moss now right back in a 4-3-2 formation.
Three minutes after the restart Hill-Dunt’s wild clearance struck Davies but crashed wide.
A clever passing move down the left involving Dave Morley and Chris Roberts created a chance for Bull but his shot cleared the crossbar.
Morley then set up Jebb but Hill-Dunt saved his low strike.
Moments later City might have drawn level as Jebb picked out Davies but his shot flew across goal.
On the hour came that strange moment as Stephens scored the “goal” that never was.
Chances fell at both ends before with 20 minutes left a double change was made by Bangor as Mark Smyth and Sion Edwards came on for Moss and Jebb.
Town might have increased their lead as Hunt fired wide from the left.
Chris Jones was a handful for the visitors defence and they needed a dramatic save from Hill-Dunt to keep out his 20-yard piledriver.
An eighth Bangor corner saw Brewerton’s header cleared off the line.
In six minutes of added time came more drama. First, Dave Hayes appeared to handball as he blocked Bull’s low shot. Hayes then looked to have brought Bull down, but again no penalty.
Finally, Davies saw his header hit the post and booted away.
The final whistle saw Prestatyn follow Neath as the only visiting team to win a league game at Farrar Road in this season to date.
Bangor City: Paul Smith, Peter Hoy, Chris Roberts, Dave Morley (Craig Garside 86), James Brewerton, Michael Johnston, Chris Jones, Darren Moss (Mark Smyth 70), Les Davies, Alan Bull, Eddie Jebb (Sion Edwards 70). Unused subs: Michael Jukes, John Owen.
Prestatyn Town: Jon Hill-Dunt, Kai Edwards, Jack Lewis, Dave Hayes, Paul O’Neill, Gareth Wilson, Dan Evans (Neil Gibson 77), Michael Parker, Lee Hunt, Steve Rogers, Ross Stephens. Unused subs: Jon Fisher-Cooke, Ian Griffiths.