JD CYMRU NORTH REPORTS – SEPTEMBER 18
Holywell Town 3 (Hayes 51, Buckley 52, Graham 90+4)
Bangor City 3 (Dante Isla 25, Zicarelli pen 70, Carty 77)
Report: Steve Roberts
James Graham’s added-time header salvaged a deserved point for Holywell from this six-goal thriller against Bangor City at Halkyn Road.
Johnny Haseldin’s warriors aimed to build on their first league win of the season, a 4-0 away beating of Llanrhaeadr YM seven days earlier, and they certainly did their supporters proud against the Citizens, playing more than half-an-hour with 10 men.
The Wellmen made the better start, but with just over 10 minutes played, the visitors threatened when Dante Isla’s header cleared off the line by Ilan ap Gareth.
A beautiful move by Town nearly saw them take the lead. A great through ball by Myles Hart released Dave Forbes and his pull back found Dylan Allshorn, whose first-time shot was brilliantly saved by Shane Owen for a corner.
Owen did well to deny Danny Andrews soon after.
Against the run of play, the visitors edged in front on 25 minutes. A cross was deflected into the path of Argentine front man Dante Isla, whose effort found the bottom corner.
Bangor nearly increased their lead when Isla’s shot came back into play off the post and was cleared by Dave Hayes.
Oli Buckley beat his marker and ran goalwards but his fierce shot was blocked by Owen.
Andrews fired over before the break, which arrived with City 1-0 up.
Early second half pressure soon brought the equaliser.
Forbes was brought down on the edge of the box and the free kick was whipped in, hit the post and fell to Hayes who tapped the ball home to make it one-apiece in the 51st minute.
The goal certainly lifted the Wellmen, as they scored another 30 seconds later.
Buckley controlled well and turned, then despite the keeper getting a hand to his shot, there was enough power for it to hit the back of the net.
Holywell were reduced to 10 men with nearly an hour on the clock as Danny Sullivan saw red for an off-the-ball incident.
The hosts kept pressing, a great cross into the box finding Jake Cooke, but his header fell inches wide.
Town were grateful to Keighan Jones when he brilliantly denied David Carty.
The visitors were awarded a 70th minute penalty when Hayes was adjudged to have tripped up Carty.
Enzo Zicarelli fired the ball past Jones, despite him getting a hand to it.
On 77 minutes, Bangor were 3-2 up. A ball over the top released Carty, whose chip beat on rushing keeper Jones.
Town pressed hard to level, but numerous shots were frustratingly blocked.
The game entered injury time, and the Wellmen won a corner.
The ball was whipped in and Graham’s powerful header beat the keeper for a late equaliser.
The goal was no more than Town deserved and as the final whistle blew, the home team were cheered off the pitch by their supporters in appreciation of the effort each player put in. Never give up!
Conwy Borough 0
Holyhead Hotspur 0
Goalless at Y Morfa in what was a scrappy affair overall.
The visitors created a good chance when Dean Garmey played a slide-rule pass into the path of Dylan Summers-Jones, who dragged his shot wide from an angle.
Sean McCaffery had an opportunity at the other end from a deep cross, but his header was blocked on the line by Hotspur captain Alex Jones.
The second half saw Rory Crowther keep out a fierce drive from Mel McGinness and then gather the follow-up from Liam Morris more comfortably.
Late on, sub Cory Williams looked to have put it on a plate for fellow replacement Meilir Williams, but the former Penrhyndeudraeth front man skewed wide.
Rest of the League
Airbus UK Broughton flew to the top of the league as they defeated Colwyn Bay 4-1.
League top marksman Adam Davies scored all four goals for The Wingmakers, James Kirby replying.
Ruthin Town beat Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 3-0 at home. Wil Owen opened the scoring, before a Matty Hill double ensured the victory.
Undefeated Guilsfield lost top spot after being held 2-2 by Penrhyncoch.
Iwan Matthews opened the scoring for the hosts, before a quick-fire double from Steffan Gittins and Ifan Burrell put the Roosters ahead. Jamie Hyne got the equaliser for Guilsfield.
Llandudno extended their unbeaten run in the league to nine games after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Llanidloes Town at Maesdu Park.
Lee Thomas, Shaun Cavanagh and Dean Seager all found the net for Sean Eardley’s men.
Buckley Town remain undefeated away from home after they outscored Prestatyn Town 2-0 at Bastion Gardens.
Skipper Josh Jones scored the first, with Asa Hamilton grabbing the second through a penalty before half time.
Prestatyn manager Ben Heath was ordered from the dugout for two yellow cards.