BANGOR CITY remain confident of overcoming FC Zimbru Chisinau in their Europa League first qualifying round tie as they prepare for tonight’s (Thursday July 12) crucial second leg in the Moldovan capital.
City manager Nev Powell saw his side create several chances against their European opponents in last week’s first leg at Nantporth, but was ultimately left frustrated as they were held to a goalless draw.
Powell is under no illusion over the size of the task facing his side, as they aim to overcome a side containing seven full international players, but is confident his side can progress.
He said: “We’ll go over there for three or four days, and it’ll be a good trip and finger crossed we can get through it.
“There’s a goal in us. Obviously it’s going to be difficult, it’s a long trip and we’ll be playing in 35 or 36 degree heat. We’ll go over there, keep it tight and give it our best shot.
“The tie’s still wide open. We’ve definitely got a goal in us back there. We’re going to go there with confidence, and hopefully we can get an away goal and we’ll see what happens.”
City lined up for their first European tie in Bangor for 14 years with two debutants, full-back Liam Brownhill and striker Chris Simm, who was deployed as a winger to combat the threat of the Zimbru attack.
In truth however, it was City who looked the more dangerous side for long periods, as they basked in the Nantporth sunshine.
Les Davies nearly had the capacity 1022 crowd in raptures after just five minutes, but could only guide his eight-yard shot over the bar.
Zimbru had their moments as the first half wore on, with Lee Idzi at full stretch to deny Oleg Molla’s fine free-kick, but it was Bangor who came losest to taking the lead, as Damien Allen saw his curling free-kick strike the crossbar on the stroke of half-time.
The vistors looked threatening with possession, but were left frustrated as they were unable to breach the solid City rear-guard, as City gained in confidence.
Substitue Chris Jones forced a great save from ‘keeper Nicolai Calancea just seconds after coming on, as both sides looked to snatch a late goal.
Jones saw a diving header saved in the closing minutes, before Dave Morley squandered a golden opportunity, guiding his shot agonisingly wide from a one-on-one position, as the match ended in stalemate.
ZIMBRU BOSS SACKED HOURS AFTER CITY STALEMATE
CITY received an unexpected boost ahead of the second leg after FC Zimbru head coach Oleg Bejenar was sacked hours after his side’s goalless draw at Nantporth.
Zimbru Co-owner Adlan Shishkhanov reacted furiously to his side’s no-show at Nantporth, describing the result as "disastrous" and said the game was "dominated in all areas by Bangor."
In his last ever interview as FC Zimbru manager, Oleg Bejenar told The Chronicle: “We knew it would be tough because Bangor City are a British team and are very physical and competitive.
“We know the tie consists of two games, and we hope to win it in Moldova. We will be at home, and will get the support from our own supporters.”