A HARSHLY disallowed goal scored by Gaz Burnett in the last minute denied the Seagulls a victory in their pre-season friendly against Bangor City that ended in a 2-2 draw.
Bangor’s keeper collided with one of his own defenders and Burnett stuck away the loose ball for what looked like a winner, but after both the City players had received treatment, the referee disallowed the goal and awarded Bangor a free kick.
Burnett said later: “The referee said he disallowed it for a push by me, but I could see their two players were going to collide and stepped away. I never touched either of them!”
The Seagulls had dominated much of the first half with a very promsing display in the hot conditions and were in front after just five minutes when CHRIS GAGHAN, who was outstanding, scored from Will Jones’ lay off in the area.
Jones should have scored a second but shot straight at the keeper from six yards following a corner, while Rhys Bowers was inches wide with a spectacular scissor kick and Bangor keeper Connor Roberts made fine stop from Tom Schofield and then a brilliant diving one-handed save to tip a Danny Andrews shot round the post.
Other shots from Andrews, Jones and Gaghan were all off target, while Bangor rarely threatened.
At the start of the second half the keeper saved from Andrews again and Rhys Bowers saw a goalbound volley hit a defender and deflect away for a throw in.
The Bay seemed to lose their way, however, after numerous substitutions to give other players a run out and Bangor, with a couple of key substitutions iof their own, turned the game round with two goals in the space of eight minutes to lead 2-1.
Josh Sumner then equalised on 75 minutes after good work by Burnett, who was then really unlucky to have what should have been the winner chalked off.
Manager Paul Moore commented: “We passed the ball well first half and had really good possession. Again we had a few chances and I’ve just said to the lads that we really have to start converting those now.
“The changes we made in the second half did make a difference, as they always will. Their changes seemed to have a positive affect for them while ours had a negative affect on us and we lost our way a little bit.
“I’m disappointed because the lads who come on, not counting Josh Sumner who I thought did well, have to stick to the same game plan and give the same level of performance as the guys who have come off, and that didn’t happen.
“So it was good performance first half, but second half we played too many long balls and didn’t knock it about in the same way as the first half.
“Still it was another good run out and good test – and really we won the game 3-2 because it was a perfectly legit goal at the end (that was disallowed).”
The manager added that the chopping and changing will stop in the next couple of games.
“I think it has to. We are getting there, but now we need to start keeping the same lads on the field for 60 to 70 minutes rather just 45 in order to get some continuity and stability.
“The lads who don’t make the starting line-up now will have to accept they are not going to be first choice.”
Colwyn Bay: Simon Williams (Scott Williams), Luke Denson, Louis Corrigan, Kyle Armstrong, Tom Hardwick (c), Steve Wilson (Will Booth), Chris Gaghan (Drew Matthews), Tom Schofield (Mark Keddie), Will Jones (Gary Burnett), Rhys Bowers (Josh Sumner), Danny Andrews (George Mannion).
Colwyn Bay’s next two games are at home to Denbigh Town on Saturday (June 23) and Europa League participants Bala Town next Tuesday (July 26)