BANGOR CITY left it late to claim a 2-1 victory over Welsh Premier newcomers GAP Connahs Quay Nomads at the Book People Stadium.
Substitute Dave Morley coolly despatched a stoppage-time penalty to deny the Deesiders a share of the spoils on a wet opening evening of the season.
The 832-strong crowd will have encouraged by the hosts’ fine start, as Chris Simm stung the palms of John Rushton with a 25 yard effort.
Shortly after the Citizens were ahead, as Damien Allen’s low angled shot was tipped onto the post by Rushton, and Simm was on hand to convert the rebound on nine minutes.
Bangor continued to dominate proceedings throughout, with Sion Edwards and Mark Smyth seeing efforts saved.
Late in the first period though, a rare Nomads counter-attack caught the home rearguard napping, and Dean Canning was allowed time to convert a low cross in the area to slip a shot underneath Lee Idzi in goal for the equaliser.
The second half was a more balanced affair, as the Quay defence remained resolute throughout.
The best chance fell to the visitors on the hour, as Canning’s dipping half volley was expertly tipped onto the bar by Idzi.
With Bangor pressing and conditions worsening, City were handed a lifeline at the death, as cross bounced up and unluckily hit Alan Hooley’s arm for a penalty.
The experienced Morley stepped up, and his confident low finish sent the keeper the wrong way to secure a late three points for the Citizens.