Late Molyneux strike gives Bucks lift off
Buckley Town claimed a magnificent opening day victory in the Cymru North over Bangor City at The Globe on Friday night, with SuperSub Phill Molyneux coming off the bench to net two minutes from time to inflict defeat on one of the fancied sides for promotion this season.
Buckley pressed from the kick-off and had the majority of possession, with Aled Bellis impressing down the left-hand side, but chances from both sides went begging. The first big opportunity fell to the home team in the second minute as Jake Roberts took a free-kick and whipped a dangerous cross into the box from the right-hand side – Tyler Garratt was happy to see his attempted clearance bounce back off the bar and away to safety. Jake then shot minutes later from distance but he could only drag it wide of goal.
The visitors’ first chance fell to Tyler Garrat looking to make up for his earlier error, but after finding Alex Boss with a pass into the box he saw the ball go tamely out for a goal kick. Giacomo Mello then shot on goal but it was coolly saved one-handed by Joe – moments later Mello appealed for a penalty but referee Sion Davies waved his appeal away. Buckley had another chance to open the scoring when Asa Hamilton hit a powerful free kick from distance, but Bangor ‘keeper Scott Reed saved well and scooped up the fumble.
Bangor’s Caviccillani nearly capitalised on a mix-up at the back, passing to Augustin Zicarelli who shot at goal but saw it cleared off the line. There were a few more half-chances in this hectic half with the most notable being Jake’s snapshot after there was a bit of head tennis in the Bangor box but he could only drag his effort wide.
The second half started as the first ended, with power and passion from both teams – the first notable piece of action being Zicarelli’s hopeful claim for a penalty but again the referee wasn’t interested.
We then had our own strong penalty appeal denied moments later as perpetual thorn-in-the-side Asa was brought down in the box. The referee initially pointed to the spot but then looked to his linesman who was frantically waving his flag for a contentious offside.
Again Bangor probed, with Ziccarelli’s header from an Alex Boss cross well saved by Joe, but we refused to back down, and pushed forward in numbers – Jake Roberts, who had already had a few long-range efforts, tried his luck again in the 70th minute as he hit a 30-yard effort goalwards but the Bangor keeper dived to his right to save well and push it out for a corner.
But then… after being sent on in the 80th minute, veteran striker Molly had his moment. Aled Bellis once again went down the Buckley left, easily beat the big defender and whipped a cross to the back post where Phill was ready and waiting to apply a sublime first-time finish and send The Globe into raptures with what would be the game-clinching goal.
Next up for Buckley: Guilsfield.
Buckley Town: Joe Makaruk, Luke Blizard, Dylan Roberts, Samuel Wainwright ( Joshua Jones, 78), Daniel Burgess, Christopher Roberts, Jake Roberts ( Phill Molyneux, 80), Scott McHarrie, Asa Hamilton, Connor Litter ( Shaun Tinsley 69), Aled Bellis
Substitutes not used: Finlay Clough , Josh Allen
Bangor City: Scott Reed, Tyler Garratt, Philipe Edmonds ( Lucas Suber 57), Eridon Dida ( Taylor Thain, 18), Jack Walsh, Isla Caccivillani, Giácomo Melloi, Alex Boss, Enzo Zicarelli ( David Cartey, 73), Juan Torres Matanza and Federico Tobler
Substitutes not used: Shane Owen and Gethin Williams
Dan’s Match Report
First of all, how good was it to see fans back after such a long time without them and without competitive football!?
Thank you to everyone who showed up to support us, there were moments in the game where your support has given the players a boost, they’ve said that themselves.
And a big thank you to our U9 girls for being there to cheer us on, we appreciate it!
I think we deserved to win, I don’t remember our goalkeeper having much to do or us conceding many, if any clear chances. We were good out of possession, we worked very hard and delivered on the key points we had worked on in preparation for the game.
Our message at half time to the players was to continue to do their work out of possession and tidy things up in the final third, we knew we would have possession high up the pitch and when we needed it most we have produced moments of quality for the goal.
To add an element of balance after quite an emotional night, that result is just one game and one win, and that’s all it is. We have a long season ahead and now we look at the next fixture which is another tough game at Guilsfield on Tuesday night.