Kick off:15:30 Saturday, 26 Apr 2014
at Book People Stadium
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Lee Evans
Chris Jones scored the opener for Bangor
BANGOR City gave themselves every chance of a third-place finish after they defeated rivals Rhyl in the final match of the regular Welsh Premier League season.
The win sets up the possibility of another match between the two sides in the Europa League play-offs in two weeks' time, as Rhyl end the season in sixth place.
The first big chance went City’s way after just seven minutes, when Declan Walker’s long ball found Les Davies, but the striker over-hit his lob.
Rhyl posed a threat on the break though, and six minutes later, City keeper Jack Cudworth was called into action to tip a low Mark Cadwallader drive around the post.
A last ditch Michael Johnston tackle prevented the same player from netting after he rounded Cudworth on a dangerous Rhyl counter on 20 minutes.
Both sides continued to create chances, with Les Davies forcing goalkeeper Alex Ramsay to tip over from a cute back header, before the deadlock was broken on 38 minutes.
Indecision in the Rhyl backline allowed Chris Jones to steal the ball and slide home finish into the bottom left corner.
City began the second half where they had left off, and after Rob Jones put a free kick just wide, they doubled the advantage in the 53rd minute.
A cross-field pass from Declan Walker was flicked on delightfully by Sion Edwards to Chris Roberts, and his arrowed cross was touched on by Chris Jones for Les Davies to bundle home at the back post.
The Lilywhites refused to lie down, and exerted pressure of their own.
Their best chance to hit back arrived on 62 minutes, when Jon Bathurst was played through, and bearing down on goal, he blasted well over the right-hand angle.
In the last 10 minutes, Ryan Edwards had a fierce volley punched away by Ramsay, while at the other end, Danny Hughes took too long on the ball in a great position, allowing Anthony Miley to get a block in.
There was time for one more brilliant stop from Ramsay, who palmed away a goalbound Ryan Edwards effort after good work from substitute Jamie McDaid, as City comfortably held out for victory.