THE Reserves welcomed top of the league Bangor City to the Oval, and showed no fear in their early play.
Midfielders Adam Carpenter and Sam Carrier both went close early on, after some great link up play with Jac Pardanjac, Greg Hall and Jack Nettleton.
So it was slightly against the run of play when the league leaders took the lead with a well rehearsed corner routine which saw them score with glancing header into the far corner of the net.
The goal didn’t stop the Reserves from taking the game to Bangor, however, as a couple more half chances were created in a spirited response.
Unfortunately as the pressure was beginning to mount, an under-hit Bay free kick was cleared and the visitors broke away at speed to make it 2-0 – a costly mistake which should have been easily avoided.
The remainder of the half was controlled in majority by the away side, and right on the brink of half time a hopeful ball was fired across the box from the left hand side and the unfortunate Huw Jones could do nothing as it bounced off the outside of his foot and past the stranded Matt Brookes in the home goal for Bangor’s third.
Half Time: Colwyn Bay 0 – 3 Bangor
Colwyn Bay set about the second half well, some early crunching challenges let Bangor know that they were going to have to continue to work hard to preserve their lead.
As the half progressed Bangor squandered some golden opportunities to increase their goal tally, but credit to the Bay backline and keeper as they showed great determination to deny the visitors with some last ditch defending that included a couple of great goal line clearances.
Once again there were moments in the half in which it looked like the deficit was going to be reduced, but it wasn’t to be as the away side maintained a clean sheet in what was a dogged second half showing from both teams.
With around 15 minutes left on the clock Bangor wrapped the game up with a stylish chipped finish to make it four.
Full Time: Colwyn Bay 0 – 4 Bangor City
Manager James Perkins commented: “The goals that Bangor scored in the first half were all isolated incidents that came out of nowhere. They scored at times in which they weren’t particularly playing very well, which is something that the best teams in the league are capable of.
“For the majority of the game I’d say that we managed to compete with them. We might not have created as many goal scoring opportunities as we normally do, but the performance level was good and whilst they showed their class at times, I doubt that they’ll be reflecting on this as an easy three points.”
Colwyn Bay: Matt Brookes, Liam Jones, Huw Jones, Callum Ellis, Jac Pardanjac (David Algieri 65′); Matt Jones, Sam Carrier; Ole Desay (Liam Lewis 75′), Adam Carpenter, Greg Hall; Jack Nettleton (Michael Taylor 55′).
Colwyn Bay man of the match: Liam Jones.