City slickers; New signings help City win in style.
WELSH PREMIER Bangor City 3 Neath Athletic 1
THREE new signings featured on the scoresheet as Bangor produced one of their finest performances since Neville Powell became manager just over two years ago.
Jamie Reed, Dave Morley and Mark Smyth hit the goals as the home team bounced back in style from their opening weekend disappointment at Bala Town.
"It was a cracking game and a great win for the club," said a triumphant Powell.
"It was important we got a good result at Newtown in midweek (a 2-1 League Cup victory) and hopefully with this result today we can now go on a bit of a run."
City threatened first when Chris Sharp dispossessed Ian Hillier and raced into the box, but his shot lacked the power to trouble Neath's ex-Wrexham keeper An-thonWilliams.
The visitors did cause one or two difficulties in the first half and Bangor were indebted to keeper Paul Smith for saving at the feet of Dale Evans, while Craig Steins blasted wide when he should have done better.
In the main City looked the more potent, though, and they edged ahead on 39 minutes when Smyth fed the ball from the left into Reed, who turned Eagles defender Sean Cronin and buried a lovely shot beyond Willliams into the left-hand corner.
Bangor's young defender Clive Williams, very impressive at right-back, pre-ventea certain goal with a superb challenge on Chris Llewellyn before the hosts went 2-0 up in first half injury time.
Marc Limbert floated in a corner from the left and ex-Manchester City and Macclesfield defender Dave Morley arrived like an express train to power in a header.
Smyth blazed a golden opportunity over the bar soon after the restart, but then City's rhythm was disrupted when Morley had to leave the field with a groin strain.
Neath now had their best spell and reduced the deficit on 64 minutes when Dale Evans' cross from the right was met by the deftest of Llewellyn headers to make it 2-1. Bangor rallied and a sublime touch from Limbert found Reed whose right-footer dipped just over the bar.
The Welsh Cup holders clinched the points on 84 minutes when substitute Ashley Stott was brought down outside the area by a combination of Cronin and Ashley Evans and Smyth curled a fabulous left footed free-kick into the corner beyond the diving Williams.
Llewellyn should have pulled one back when the Bangor defence failed to deal with a long clearance, but the ex-Wrexham man fired badly wide.
BANGOR: Smith, Williams, Hoy, Johnston, Brewerton, Morley (Killackey 46), Reed, Limbert, Edwards (L Davies 69), Sharp (Stott 77), Smyth. Subs: Jeffries, S Davies. NEATH: Williams, Castan, Folland (Hancock 38), Cronin, Hillier, A Evans, Pockett, Harris (Thomas 67), Steins (Shaw), Llewelyn, D Evans. Subs: Spendiff, Ingram.
Bangor City celebrate (far left) after Mark Smyth scored the third goal in Saturday's 3-1 win over Neath Athletic at Farrar Road (above); fellow new signing and goalscorer Jamie Reed in action Pictures: ROBERT PARRY JONES
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Aug 24, 2009|
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