Lakesiders make history as they qualify for the Europa League for the first time.

Saturday afternoon saw Bala Town make history as they secured a place in next season’s Europa League with a 1-0 win over Port Talbot Town.

The €100,000 match was closely fought with both teams giving 100% commitment with such an important prize at stake.

The game started with a bright high tempo but it was the home side who were the strongest in the opening 20 minutes.

Talbot’s Martin Rose was creating havoc in the Town defence early on with a couple of half chances.

On 15 minutes the home side nearly opened the scoring as they hit the bar.

The Lakesiders looked nervous as the Steelmen continued to press forward but as the half progressed the visitors began to settle and challenge Scott Young’s men.

Midway through the first half Mark Jones curled a shot from 25 yards wide of the post and 5 minutes later sent another effort over the bar.

Conall Murtagh then put his chance well over from range before Hall denied Hunt just before the break.

0-0 at halftime.

Town were much more settled at the beginning of the second half. The visitors had their foot on the ball and dominated more possession.

Town had a penalty shout waved away as a Talbot defender handled in the box before Ash Morris down the other end made a cracking save to deny Talbot.

With 20 minutes left to go Mark Jones had a perfect opportunity to give the visitors the lead but put his effort agonisingly past the post from 6 yards.

Substitute Lewis Codling half volleyed a chance straight at the keeper and Hunt ran onto the rebound couldn’t find the net as Hall made an incredible double save.

The deadlock was finally broken with 2 minutes left on the clock. John Irving’s cross found Codling who laid his pass to Lunt who inturn passed to Hunt who’s brilliant swivel kick was saved but landed straight in the path of incoming Irving who smashed the ball home from 15 yards.

The fulltime whistle went to send the visitors into huge celebrations as we racked up our 13th consecutive win in a row and most importantly meant that the Lakesiders qualify for the Europa League next season!

An incredible day for the Club who only 10 years ago were playing in the Wrexham Area and yesterday our dreams came true.

A day that all BTFC will remember forever.

18th of May, 2013 – remember the date. The day Bala Town qualified for the Europa League.

Congratulations to all of the lads and especially to manager Colin Caton. What a way to top off 10 amazing years in charge at Maes Tegid.

*original report from 19th May, 2013.

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