Dysynni 2nds 0 – 6 Bangor City Ladies
Bangor made their longest journey for the 1st match of the North Wales Hockey league to a not so sunny Tywyn, more than worth their while, with a “banger” of a six shooting score line. Right from the first push back and under starter’s orders from newly appointed captain and keeper Katie Williams, Bangor made their intentions very clear with some dominating team work on the pitch. After just 5 minutes in and from a penalty corner, the 1st goal was smashed straight in from a debuting Carol ‘Bown’ Williams on her return from injury after 10 years out of the game, proving that natural ability is never lost, and continued to use her dogged skills throughout the match, which led to being awarded player of the match from the opposition. The second goal arrived soon after from a determined Claire Bennett who drove the ball into the ‘D’ from the right and caught the keeper unawares with a spectacular shot that sailed into the goal. The Dysynni players put up a good fight but could not keep Bangor out of their half with some impressive attacking play, and making their defence look mediocre when Ffion Roberts took the initiative and sent her ball packing, through the keeper’s legs, taking the score to 3 – 0 at half time. Midway team talk was positive, with some more valued advice from Captain Katie, which geared the ladies up for more of the same in the home stretch. When, yet again, Bangor went all out and made it look like fresh legs had been injected on to the pitch. Rhian Culley took the first initiative, when a couple of defenders attempted to get in her way as she carried the ball into the top of the ‘D’ and struck it beautifully past the keeper for Bangor’s 4th. Following some feisty play, Dysynni’s 12 players on the pitch at one point, and a few missed opportunities from both teams, with keeper Katie making some impressive diving saves, and some solid defending from the back line, goal no. 5 manifested itself on the away half of the pitch yet again, and came in the guise of a goal reminiscent of a Premiership class run from Rhiannon Morgan, through a number of players to take that ball and slot it right past the star struck keeper. Goooal of the match undoubtedly! This only encouraged Bangor to crack on, and for Ffion Roberts to knock the ball from within the ‘D’ aiming for her 2nd goal of the match, only for Rhiannon Morgan to nip it over the line and bag it as her 2nd goal. Dysynni brought some young, up and coming players on to the pitch for an impressive run out, who showed some inspiring and talented play, which can only become stronger and better with practice and some staunch guidance from the more experienced players. Equally impressive were the encouraging words from the umpire following the match towards the Bangor players, for impeccable behaviour and sportsmanship on the field of play. Next league match will be at home to Blaenau Ffestiniog on Saturday.