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19.09.2021 at 14:30 Farrar Road Attendance: 458
Bangor City
0 - 1
The New Saints
Referee: Mark Whitby WELSH PREMIER-

Goalscorers
None Conall Murtagh (87)
Starting line-ups
Paul Smith
Dave Swanick
Chris Roberts
Mike Johnston
Jamie Brewerton
Dave Morley
Jamie Reed
Clive Williams
Chris Sharp
Ashley Stott
Mark Smyth
Paul Harrison
Danny Holmes
Chris Marriott
Phil Baker
Steve Evans
Christian Seargeant
Barry Hogan
Scott Ruscoe
Steve Abbott
Matthew Berkeley
Craig Jones
Substitutes
Peter Hoy
Sion Edwards
Matthew Sargent
John Owen
John Coulter
Tommy Holmes
Conall Murtagh
Ryan Marriott
Substitutions
Peter Hoy -> Dave Swanick (62)
Sion Edwards -> Jamie Reed (75)
John Owen -> Chris Sharp (85)
Conall Murtagh -> Christian Seargeant (34)
Ryan Marriott -> Craig Jones (72)
Tommy Holmes -> Matthew Berkeley (89)
Yellow cards
Chris Roberts (25) Craig Jones (44)
Steve Abbott (73)
Matthew Berkeley (88)
Ryan Marriott (89)
Red cards
None None
Match report

Matthew Berkeley battles with Michael Johnston [All photos: Colin Paxton].
Pictures from the match
Sonic sub Ryan makes the difference

TIREDNESS from playing two tough games in a week caused Bangor to eventually succumb to TNS pressure at Farrar Road on Saturday, believes City manager Neville Powell.
The Citizens were hanging on for a deserved draw when ex-Wrexham midfielder Conall Murtagh volleyed home an 87th minute winner to condemn the all-Blues to a third successive league defeat.
“For the first 75 minutes there was nothing between the teams, but then in the last 15 minutes or so we tired a bit,” said Powell.
“We’d played a League Cup tie on Tuesday in which we had to play for over an hour with 10 men whereas TNS have had a week off, but I still felt we deserved something from the game.
“Had Clive Williams scored from that header early in the second half then it could have been a different game altogether, but that’s football."
City created the better chances in the first half, Mark Smyth’s fifth minute corner resulting in a Williams air shot before Chris Roberts blasted well over.
In the ninth minute Dave Swanick’s excellent cross was missed by Smyth and Ashley Stott coming in behind was taken by surprise and did not have time to react.
Stott later outfoxed Danny Holmes on the left and broke into the box, but his shot was kept out by Saints keeper Paul Harrison, then the visitors’ best opportunity of the half saw Scott Ruscoe shoot tamely at Paul Smith.
Bangor nearly took the lead on 53 minutes when Jamie Reed worked the ball on to his left foot and put in a pinpoint cross for Williams whose fierce header flew straight at Harrison, who saved with his feet.
TNS now raised their game and Ruscoe’s lob dropped on the top of the net before Steve Evans’ powerful header from a Holmes cross hit the underside of the bar, but the ball did not cross the line.
The introduction of Ryan 'Sonic' Marriott for Craig Jones on the right after 72 minutes certainly livened up the Saints attack.
Marriott played a great one-two with Holmes and looked certain to score but man of the match Michael Johnston made a superb block. In the 82nd minute Marriott linked well with Matthew Berkeley, but from an acute angle drilled across the face of goal.
Bangor were looking good for a point until the defence failed to clear a ball into the box and Marriott skilfully found Murtagh whose close range volley gave Smith no chance.
City nearly forced a late equaliser when Harrison did well to keep out a James Brewerton header from a Sion Edwards corner and there were appeals for a penalty in the ensuing melee, but it was not to be.
TNS coach Andy Cale said: “Bangor set out their stall and played fantastically well, but in the second half we took the game to them and I felt we thoroughly deserved the win.”
[Daily Post]