Cefn Druids 2-3 Bangor City
Cefn Druids Scorer: Matthew Eckersley 6', Ashley Ruane 71'
Bangor City Scorer: Jordan Davies 24', Gary Roberts 65' Anthony Milley 90+1'
We did say in our MD13 Preview that this game had the makings of a cracking encounter, and we weren't wrong either as this Friday night fixture at The Rock was an excellent game of football from start to finish! Not as many goals as we saw here last week as Druids came from behind to hold Bala Town to a 4-4 draw, but an equally exceptional game in terms of the football on show.
A rather scrappy start to the game, thanks to the fact that Druids pressed so high from the outset with Bangor having to play long from deep to beat the press, was stopped in its tracks after six minutes as Matthew Eckersley scored the game's first wonder-goal for the home side. A curled delivery from Druids' right flank wasn't dealt with properly by City and the ball ended up at the far corner of the box where the home side's defender controlled the ball excellently before sending a looping effort over Connor Roberts and into the back of the net to give Huw Griffiths' men the perfect start.
Daniel Lloyd made an excellent save for the home side three minutes later after some excellent football on the left flank for Bangor between Jordan Davies and Brayden Shaw saw the latter unleash a deflected shot from 12 yards that the young stopper did well to palm over given the circumstances.
GAP Connah's Quay loanee Ashley Ruane then broke clear of the City defence, running 40 yards with the call at his feet before finding himself one-on-one with Roberts, hoping to curl one past the keeper to make double Druids' lead, but Roberts saved very well to keep Bangor in the game!
Jordan Barrow squandered a free header to put Druids two up with 20 minutes played, but it was Jordan Davies for Bangor that got the next goal - with Dean Keates, the new manager of his parent club Wrexham watching in the stands - as the left-back played a one-two with Shaw, skipped past two defenders and slammed the ball emphatically past Lloyd to level the scores.
The left-back put the ball on a plate for Daniel Nardiello to add to his team-leading goal-scoring tally this term as Davies found the forward at the back post, but he seemed surprised the ball had reached him and could only head wide from two yards out. Ruane then missed another one-on-one with Roberts with ten first half minutes to play, this time from a header as the on-loan forward was six yards out, unmarked, but he could only head over and the team's would go in even at halftime.
After a fifteen-minute break, the two teams resumed the play at the same relentless pace as the first half, and Druids had the first chance of the half from a free-kick as they did in the first as Naim Arsan's 25-yard effort flew inches over the bar.
Nardiello and Shaw both had great efforts test Lloyd before the hour mark, with the former curling a beautiful effort from a standing position 30 yards out to beat the Druids stopper, but the bar got in the way and the scores stayed level. Shaw then powered a low effort inches wide, but Bangor had their lead five minutes later as Nardiello found Gary Roberts busting a gut to get forward and the midfielder-turned-right-back scored his fifth of the season with 25 minutes to play to put Bangor 2-1 up.
Ashley Ruane finally got the goal his performance deserved just six minutes later, however, capitalising on a defensive mistake by Bangor to latch onto a through ball, find himself one-on-one with Roberts yet again, but this time the forward finally came out on top as he finished coolly to level the scores and set up a tense 20 minutes of football.
The possession was fairly even in the closing stages, but Bangor created the better chances as Shaw and substitute Jamie Reed created three chances between them; the former hitting the bar as he attempted a long-range strike very similar to his goal at Connah's Quay, whilst the latter squandered two close-range headers.
With five minutes of added time announced and the game on a knife-edge, it seemed meant to be that someone would snatch the winner in a game that had been high on excitement and attacking intent. Of all the people to score though, Anthony Milley headed beyond Lloyd in the first minute of added time with a powerful finish; an incredible story considering the defender was added into the starting XI minutes before kickoff as River Humphries pulled up in the warm-up. A massive three points for Bangor City, another fantastic game at The Rock. What a Friday night of football!
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