Bangor Hockey Club made the most of the return of the sport by packing in a busy weekend.
In games against Eirias, the ladies won 4-1, the men lost 3-0 and the under-13’s mixed drew 2-2.
There was also a match for the under-16 girls, who shared a 1-1 result with Caernarfon.
Bangor Ladies 4 Eirias Ladies 1
After standing firm against a strong start from the visitors Bangor went on to record a fine win.
Seeing off early pressure from Eirias, the Citizens found their feet when Jenna Gallagher drove along the baseline, crossing to Mared Jones who connected first time and sent the ball flying into the back of the net.
The match continued to be end-to-end, testing both teams’ fitness levels. The game was fast-paced and physical at times with two Eirias players being shown green cards during the first half.
Bangor vice-captain Nanw Jones then picked up the ball from her defending midfield position, drove into the circle and took a shot which rebounded and fell for Marie Ellis Williams to score, making it 2-0 to City at half time.
Both sides continued their attacking policy after the break with the two goalkeepers making some fantastic saves.
Eirias managed to counter-attack after some sustained pressure from Bangor and had a one-on-one with keeper Cerys Parry who although stopping the shot was deemed to have fouled the away player and a penalty stroke was awarded.
The penalty flick was fired low and hard into the right corner of the net, leaving the score 2-1 at the end of the third quarter.
Before starting the last quarter, Bangor captain Jacqueline Smith and head coach Nicci Ashcroft asked the players to step up on the pressure and fight for the win.
It started well for Bangor who certainly did put the pressure on with the Eirias goalkeeper continuing to make some excellent saves.
City managed to score again with a goal from Jenna Gallagher, hit from the top of the D.
Again Bangor were awarded several short corners in a row giving them the opportunity to practice different routines but the Eirias defence were too strong and kept the ball out of the net.
In the last few minutes Bangor stormed forward and a foot by the Eirias player would have resulted in a short corner but advantage played allowed Siwan Jones to sweep the ball high towards the goal.
The keeper made contact with the ball but was unable to keep it out.
Men: Bangor City 0 Eirias 3
City Men’s hockey team lost 3-0 in a friendly match against Eirias at the Brailsford Centre on Saturday.
Despite the result, there were several encouraging signs in the team’s display as City’s young side gained more valuable experience and confidence.
After a strong start from the visitors, they took the lead after 10 minutes with a well struck effort from a short corner.
City came back into the match well in the second and third quarter, with Dan Jackson, Will Hall and Flynn Holt forcing a number of saves from the Eirias keeper.
The Bangor defence stood firm during the two quarters too, with Keith Proudlove pulling off some good stops.
However, with legs tiring at the end of a competitive match, Eirias netted twice in the closing stages to seal a hard earned win.
City are always looking for players – from experienced to complete novices. If you’re interested in wanting to play again or just to keep fit, you are more than welcome to join training between 8-9 pm every Tuesday at the Brailsford Centre, Bangor, first session free. Please get in touch if you’re interested! 🏑
Adroddiad Gêm Gyfeillgar
Dinas Bangor 0 Eirias 3
Colli o dair gôl i ddim oedd hanes tîm dynion Dinas Bangor yn erbyn Eirias ddydd Sadwrn yng Nghanolfan Brailsford.
Er y canlyniad siomedig, roedd y perfformiad yn un galonogol o safbwynt y Dinasyddion, wrth i sawl chwaraewr ifanc gael y cyfle i ddangos eu doniau.
Ar ôl dechreuad da gan Eirias, fe sgoriodd yr ymwelwyr eu gôl gyntaf ar ôl 10 munud gydag ergyd isel cryf o gornel gosb.
Wedi’r gôl, daeth Bangor fewn i’r gêm lawer iawn yn fwy, gan basio’r bêl yn grefftus a chreu cyfleoedd; daeth Dan Jackson, Will Hall a Flynn Holt yn agos sawl tro a gorfodi gôl-geidwad Eirias i wneud sawl arbediad.
Ar ben arall y cae, roedd amddiffyn y Gleision yn drefnus ac fe wnaeth y golwr, Keith Proudlove, arbediadau da yn ystod yr ail a thrydydd chwarter, i rwystro’r ymwelwyr o Fae Colwyn rhag ychwanegu i’w mantais.
Ond gyda choesau’n blino yn y chwarter olaf, fe lwyddodd Eirias i sgorio dwy gôl bellach o fewn y 10 munud ddiwethaf i selio’r fuddugoliaeth, mewn gêm gystadleuol.
Er i dymor hoci Gynghrair Gogledd Orllewin Lloegr ei ohirio eleni, sef y gynghrair mae Bangor a holl dimoedd dynion gogledd Cymru yn chwarae ynddo, bydd y clwb yn gobeithio trefnu fwy o gemau cyfeillgar dros yr haf er mwyn i’r tîm parhau i ddatblygu.
Mae’r clwb yn awyddus i wahodd unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb mewn chwarae hoci neu gadw’n heini i roi cynnig arni – o chwaraewyr profiadol i’r rhai sydd erioed wedi chwarae o’r blaen.
Mae croeso i bawb ymuno a’n sesiynau ymarfer yng Nghanolfan Brailsford, rhwng 8yh a 9yh pob nos Fawrth. Mae’r sesiwn gyntaf yn rhad ac am ddim. Plîs cysltwch os oes gennych chi ddiddordeb! 🏑