Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 15 Dec 2007
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Mark Whitby
FORTUNES fluctuated back and forth in a match that only sprung to life after an hour and ended dramatically with two late goals and a double sending off. Home hero Les Davies thought he had earned the Principality Welsh Premier points for Bangor City with his second strike three minutes into stoppage time, but Newtown had a sting in their tail as a long ball was played forward from the restart and Damien Daniels got the better of Peter Hoy on the left of the box and the ball finished in the net.
The equaliser sparked passionate celebrations from the Robins, but the mood of the moment was too much for manager Darren Ryan and assistant Mike Davies who were both dismissed by referee Mark Whitby for foul and abusive language as they confronted stunned home fans. Former Farrar Road favourite Marc Lloyd Williams, possibly playing for one of the last times at the scene of many of his memorable scoring triumphs, was marshalled fairly well. But it needs just one unguarded moment for him to punish defences and it came on 59 minutes when he got his head to a Daniels free-kick at the near post.
City had agonised over a couple of penalty appeals, one when Lee Webber was left prone in the box following a challenge by Huw Clarke, and a stronger shout when Chris Seargeant had his legs taken away as he was teeing up a shot on goal. Bangor had made an encouraging start and it needed a vital header from Clarke to deny Davies from getting on the end of a Seargeant cross in the opening minute. However, Newtown began to assert themselves and both sides cancelled themselves out, lacking penetration although Craig Moses shot into the side netting and Tommy Mutton headed wide after linking with Daniels.
Seargeant and Davies both volleyed efforts wide from the edge of the box as clear-cut chances failed to appear. A deflected Seargeant shot was well parried by 'keeper David Jones five minutes before Williams' shock opener, and Peter Hoy missed a gilt-edged chance from 10 yards after linking with Walsh as City pushed forward seeking an equaliser. Davies made the breakthrough on 81 minutes when he picked up a ball forward by Webber and unleashed a stunning 25-yard shot, and he was walking on air when he repeated the effort 12 minutes later before the Bangor bubble was burst.