Kick off:19:30 Friday, 14 Aug 2009
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Huw Jones
A crowd of 938 were present to watch Bala's first game in the Welsh Premier League, and they weren't disappointed as they were able to witness a really exciting game of football.
<1r>The first real opportunity fell to Bala winger Osian Jones, but he hit his shot wide, however the home side were presented with a great opportunity to take the lead when Osian was fouled in the box and Bala were awarded a penalty after 20 minutes by referee Huw Jones. Ricky Evans sent keeper Paul Smith the wrong way to give the Lakesiders the lead. Bala could have made it 2 before half time, but a Ricky Evans failed to make the most of a chance from within the box. Bala's new signing Ross Jefferies found himself in referee's notebook after 31 minutes for a foul tackle.
Bangor's Les Davies came close to scoring for the visitors after 35 minutes, but his 25-yard shot struck the crossbar. Shortly afterwards Bangor were awarded a free kick near the corner flag, and the cross in caused a few nervy moments, as Bala struggled to clear the danger area. Bala's Jay Bell and Bangor's Marc Smyth had a bit of a scuffle just before half time, when the Bangor player was unhappy with his opponents tackle on him, however they both received a talking to from the referee, who didn't produce a booking for either player. The referee awarded a free kick late in the half when Owain Roberts fouled Jamie Reed, however Peter Hoy spooned the ball over the bar when he received it form the resulting free kick.
Bangor started the second half brightly, and created a goal scoring opportunity within a few minutes of the restart. They were awarded a golden opportunity to find a way of levelling the game, when the referee awarded a penalty to the visitors, which left most of the crowd bemused as to why he had given it. Ashley Stott followed Ricky's example, and sent Leon Bimpson the wrong way to make the scores 1-1. Mark Powell was booked for giving away the penalty, for what appeared to be shirt pulling judging by the referees gesture after pointing to the spot.
Many would have thought that the equaliser could have lead to an onslaught from Bangor in remainder of the half, however it was Bala who took the initiative, and took the lead 5 minutes after being drawn level, when Ross Jefferies was able to get to get his head to a ball whipped in from the corner, which was awarded just after a Ricky Evans header was cleared off the line.
John Toner and Owain Roberts both tried shots from long range to increase Bala's lead, but they both so the ball going over the bar. Bangor were awarded a free kick late on in the game, but the shot was hit straight into the wall, but Ross Jefferies was awarded a second yellow, and therefore a red, for encroachment of the free kick. The re-taken kick saw the ball hit wide.
Bala were under a lot of pressure for the closing period of the game, as the visitors went in search of an equaliser, but apart from one brilliant save from Leon Bimpson, Bangor never really looked like scoring, which resulted in Bala achieving a well deserved victory against one of the title favourites.