Posted 6 years ago.
1st Bangor did the double over Groomsport on Saturday as they notched up a 2-1 win at home to make it two wins from two against them in the space of two weeks.
The match couldn't have started any better for 1st Bangor, Jeff McNamara lofting a beautiful ball over the Groomsport defence to put George Chelariu clean through on goal. Chelariu knocked the ball past the onrushing keeper only to be brought cynically down giving 1st Bangor a penalty and a very early chance to open the scoring. With his parents having travelled from Romania just to watch their son in action, Chelariu gave them something to celebrate as he made no mistake from the spot kick to make it 1-0 to 1st Bangor.
As Groomsport struggled to get a foothold in the game early on 1st Bangor then made it 2-0, Chris Scott powering home a header at the back post from a perfect corner from Mark Liddell.
1st Bangor continued to look the more threatening with Oliver and Chelariu causing the Groomsport defence problems time after time, and the new look back four of Paul, Pollard, Liddell and McKenzie snuffing out any danger at the opposite end. McNamara and Ruben Gourley both went close with efforts at the edge of the box but found the Groomsport keeper in fine form. But as 1st Bangor searched for the third goal to put the game to bed, suddenly Groomsport found themselves a lifeline. An altercation at a corner gave Groomsport a penalty which was calmly dispatched to make it 2-1 going into half time.
It proved to be a game of two halves and certainly the second half will be one 1st Bangor will like to forget as Groomsport, currently managerless, came out fighting in the second half. As the game began to open up Groomsport created a number of one on one chances with only the heroics of 1st Bangor keeper Craig Bell stopping them finding an equaliser. Indeed, Bell went one better and capped a Man of the Match display with a fine penalty stop in the dying moments, ensuring all the plaudits for 1st Bangor's win go deservedly to the young stopper.
Next fixture to be confirmed.
- MIN. 1 - 1-0, 1st BANGOR SCORE, GEORGE CHELARIU, from penalty!!!
- MIN. 15 - 2-0, 1st BANGOR SCORE, CHRIS SCOTT, after Mark Liddell's assist!!!
- Min. 45 - 2-1, Groomsport score, from penalty.
- Min. 90+2 - Groomsport missed a penalty.
1st Bangor: C Bell - M Pollard (D Gordon), M Paul, M Liddell, J McKenzie - J McNamara - G Chelariu, B Gourlay (L Kelly), G Daly (S Thompson), R Oliver - C Scott