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Rhyl FC v
Bangor City

Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 24 Nov 2007
at Belle Vue
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 722

Referee: Neil Morgan

Hunt dismissal helps City hang on

Two first-half goals at Belle Vue proved enough to earn Bangor City their first win over Rhyl in 11 attempts in front of over 700 Spectators.

Although the Lilywhites dominated the second half, the 73rd minute dismissal of former City striker Lee Hunt all but ended their victory hopes. The visitors took an eighth-minute lead when Ashley Stott was fouled in the box and Marc Limbert put away the resulting penalty. Rhyl almost equalised when Andy Moran let fly from 25 yards but City keeper Paul Smith produced a great save.

Michael Walsh struck a left-foot effort off target for the visitors, then for the home team Mark Connolly had a powerful attempt blocked. Against the run of play Bangor extended their lead on 38 minutes when great skill on the edge of the box by Christian Seargeant enabled him to drive into the goal. The second period saw the hosts apply the majority of the pressure, while City remained a danger on the counter-attack. Michael White should have done better for the Lilies when he blazed over from six yards after his first shot was thwarted. Hunt was inches away with an overhead kick from a White cross, then Marc Connolly's thunderbolt was deflected on to the underside of the bar. Seconds later the inevitable home goal arrived when Craig Jones' centre was beautifully headed home by Hunt on 65 minutes.

The prominent Hunt had a shot deflected wide for a corner, but then came the game's biggest turning point. Chasing a through-ball, Hunt slid in late on keeper Smith and referee Neil Morgan red-carded the Rhyl hitman, who had already been booked. With a one-man advantage, Bangor became more of an attacking force and only a stupendous save by Lee Kendall kept out a Les Davies free-kick. In the final action of the game, Rhyl substitute Chris Sharp was through on goal, but the referee blew for full-time to the delight of the travelling faithful.