Gaghan goal earns first win

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Chris Gaghan scored a 46th minute winner

Chris Gaghan scored a 46th minute winner

A GOAL by Chris Gaghan at the start of the second half was enough to give the Seagulls a 1-0 home success over Northwich Victoria for their first pre-season victory.

Colwyn Bay created the best chance in a fairly evenly contested first half, but Danny Andrews fired over the bar from 10 yards after good play by Will Jones, while Northwich keeper Mason Stringthorpe made a good diving save from Gaghan’s firm header from Gary Burnett’s cross.

Gaghan and skipper Tom Hardwick were off target with other efforts for the Bay, while at the other end Northwich were unable to get a shot on target against a strong looking Bay defence in which Luke Denson was excellent in his favoured  right back role after returning from holiday.

The Bay then made a blistering start to the second half, with some good attacking play, and were in front on 46 minutes when  Gaghan’s shot from 20 yards found the net after the keeper had done well to block a Will Jones shot in a one-on-one.

Andrews had a shot tipped over the bar by the keeper and Hardwick headed narrowly over the bar from a corner.

The performance tailed off slightly as the management team made numerous changes to give other players a run out and Northwich threatened towards the end when Yaw Gyimah had a fierce shot beaten away by sub keeper Simon Williams and right at the end an Alex Byrne’s shot skimmed the Bay cross bar.

Manager Paul Moore was happy with his first victory and felt the side could have won by three or four goals.

The next game is against Bangor City on Tuesday (July 19th) which will now be played at Llanelian Road (7:45pm kick off) as Bangor’s ground is unavailable. Admission is again £5 and FREE for Under 16s.

Gareth Grant is unlikey to play in that game after coming off at half-time with a slight thigh strain. He is then away for the following couple of  games, so Kyle Armstrong is likely to play alongside Hardwick in his absense.

The Bay have no other injury issues, with Mark Keddie coming on in the second half against Northwich for his debut and felt no immediate reaction to the knee problem that has kept him out of the previous games.

Colwyn Bay (substitutions in brackets): Shaun Pearson (Simon Williams), Luke Denson (Shaun Dowling), Louis Corrigan, Tom Hardwick (c), Gareth Grant (Kyle Armstrong), Will Booth (Steve Wilson), Chris Gaghan (Drew Matthews), Tom Scofield (Mark Keddie), Will Jones (Rhys Bowers), Gary Burnett (George Mannion), Danny Andrews (Josh Sumner).

CASSIDY HAT-TRICK

FOLLOWING the Northwich win there was a game between two sides made up from the Reserves and Youth squad that saw Matt Cassidy hit a second half hat-trick in a 5-2 win for the claret and blues against the Yellows.

Sion Hogan gave them a first half lead, but Ollie Desay equalised before half-time and Jack Nettleton then put the Yellows 2-1 up early in the second half.

But the clarets, with the introduction at half-time of Sean Sheridan and Sion Noble, were much the stronger side in the second half.

Noble equalised with a header and then Cassidy scored the first of his three goals from the edge of the area to put the clarets 3-2 up.

Cassidy was fortunate with his second as a shot from George Griffiths hit him and was deflected past unlucky keeper Jordan Allen-Jones, who made some excellent saves for his side.

Cassidy’s third came with a deflected free kick.