Kick off:19:30 Friday, 20 Nov 2009
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Huw Jones
Bastion Gardens was the venue for the first meeting between the two most recent Cymru Alliance champions at Welsh Premier level, and a crowd of 276 witnessed a fixture between two sides that have had a big rivalry over recent seasons. Chances were few and far between in the early stages, and it wasnt until the 27th minute that Prestatyn goalkeeper Jon Dunt made the first real save of the match, when he was forced into tipping the ball over the bar from a Ross Jefferies free kick.
The visitors took the lead in the 30th minute when Dunt was knocked over coming to collect the ball, allowing Ross Jefferies to shoot at goal, and it went in via a deflection off a Prestatyn defender. Bala had opportunities to increase their lead in the remaining 15 minutes, but Osian Jones blasted his shot over the bar, and Ross Jefferies had a header on target from close range, but Dunt caught the ball easily.
It was Dunt again who was called into action first in the second half, as he had to make a save in the 48th minute when a Bala corner went straight at the goal. Bala were made to rue their wasted opportunities, as on the hour mark Prestatyn found an equaliser, as David Hayes won a header in a crowded box, and scored at the bottom corner of the net.
The visitors had the opportunity to score a second almost immediately after the kick off, as John Toner was able to shoot from just inside the box, but he sent his shot straight at the goalkeeper. Prestatyn took the lead in the 67th minute when referee Huw Jones controversially awarded the home side a free kick after stopping the game to allow one of their players to receive treatment for a head injury, despite no foul occurring. The free kick taker was able to find a teammate on the edge of the box, who crossed in to allow Paul ONeill to score from a header.
John Toner thought he had found an equaliser in the 71st minute, but his goal was disallowed for what must have been a push on the defender, as the Linesman had kept his flag down. The Lakesiders chances of finding a second goal were dealt a blow shortly afterwards when Danny Jellicoe was shown a straight red for dissent and foul and abusive language, after complained to the Referee about not being awarded a free kick after being hauled down from a tackle from behind. The red means that Jellicoe will miss at least the next two matches, and joins Peter Moore, who got his 5th booking in this game, and Ricky Evans who is serving a 4 match ban on the list of suspended players.
Balas inability to finish off their chances continued in the closing sages, as Owain Roberts shot from the edge of the box, only to see the keeper save at the top corner, and in stoppage time Peter Moore sent a shot narrowly wide, which ensured that Bala suffered their 5th league defeat of the season.