The U14’s started their Academy Cup campaign with a hard-fought victory over Bangor City.

After an unbeaten pre-season, Bala went into this game with plenty of confidence but knew that Bangor City would provide a much sterner test.  The Lakesiders had a perfect start to the game and took the lead after 4 minutes when the ball broke to Jarrod who turned and fired the ball from 25 yards past the Bangor keeper.

After 12 minutes, Bala doubled their lead from the penalty spot.  A corner from Gruff was curled into the 6-yard box. Ilan was blatantly pushed and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.  Josh stepped up and fired neatly into the corner to make it 2-0.

Bangor then settled into the game and played some neat football and pulled a goal back after 18 minutes.  A good move from a throw-in on the right saw the ball played across the pitch which saw the Bangor left winger break free and fire past Gethin’s right hand into the top corner to make it 2-1.

After the goal, play was pretty much end to end but neither team could produce a final ball or get a shot off at goal.

Halftime: Bala Town U14’s 2, Bangor City U14’s 1

The second half started as the first ended and it was the Bangor team that then started to dominate play but were not able to break through the resolute Bala defence.  Ten minutes into the second half, Bala extended their lead when a Bangor back pass was cleared from the goalkeeper straight to Josh who broke past the left back.  Josh then produced a brilliant cross for James to head home and make it 3-1.

Bangor almost got back into the game 20 minutes into the second half when a short goal kick from Bala was intercepted by the Bangor striker whose shot hit the bar. The ball rebounded to another Bangor player who fired home but was deemed to be an offside position and the goal was disallowed.

Bangor were now playing the better football but were restricted to a couple of long range efforts comfortably saved by Gethin.  Gethin made an excellent save when a tackle by Ioan rebounded into the path of the Bangor striker only to see his effort brilliantly saved.

Just before the end of the game, Wil broke the Bangor defence only to see his shot go narrowly wide.

Fulltime: Bala Town U14’s 3, Bangor City U14’s 1

It was a hard earned 3 points for Bala who were not at their best today – the boys will re-group on Wednesday before travelling to Porthmadog next Sunday for the second Academy Cup fixture.

Glyn Roberts