The Under 19’s continued their superb start to the season on Sunday afternoon against League Champions Bangor City taking them joint top of the Welsh Premier Development League.
It was a great start by the Lakesiders who put pressure on City from the outset and put in an excellent team display.
Town shotstopper Ryan Goldston made two stunning stops to keep City at bay. The first a one handed save to tip over a goalbound effort over the crossbar followed by a low save down to his right forcing a corner.
With 23 minutes played, Town pulled a chance wide of the upright after a good passage of play before Liam Roberts’ header was flicked wide of the post from a corner kick.
Will Owen should’ve given Bala the lead on 36 minutes when his 25 yard dipping strike was pushed over the bar by the City goalkeeper.
A teasing delivery from Charlie Williams was forced out for a corner as Town’s pressure continued.
Bala had the ball in the net four minutes before the interval when Rhys Rowlands tapped in from close range but saw his goal ruled out for offside.
Halftime: Bala Town U19’s 0, Bangor City U19’s.
On the restart, Bangor could’ve gone ahead when a cross into the box was aimed towards the forward but he wasn’t able to head it towards goal.
Town took the lead on 54 minutes when the Lakesiders broke forward and forced a save out of the keeper but Charlie Williams was able to follow in with the follow up and make it 1-0.
Down the other end, Goldston made another stop from the wingers chance before sending Town on the counter attack from his clearance.
Bala were going up the gears as they played with confidence and keeping the City keeper busy. Another one handed save saw him tip over Mann’s strike and then minutes later turn Rowlands’ close range effort around the post for a corner.
Town’s pressure was mounting with the City backline forced to clear off the line but Bala’s perseverance paid off 8 minutes from time.
Josh Jones blasted home after another brilliant Bala attack before on the 90th adding his second of the afternoon when his shot taken on the swivel was driven home securing all three points for the Lakesiders.
A superb afternoon for the Lakesiders who dominated the game and were fully deserving of the three points. The tally could’ve been more had it not been for the brilliant performance by the City goalkeeper who kept them in the game.
Next up for the Lakesiders is a trip to Latham Park to face Newtown next Sunday at 4.15p.m.