City bow out of Europe


Tomos Hughes

Bangor City's Europa league campaign came to an end after a closely fought 2-1 defeat in their 2nd leg qualifying round tie at FC Zimbru Chisinau.

Nev Powell's side came tantalisingly close to progressing to the next qualifying round, but were left to rue missed chances in a tight encounter in the Moldovan capital.

City began the game in the ascendancy, coming close to opening the scoring early on through Chris Jones, whose one on one attempt was parried away by keeper Nicola Calancea.

Moments later, Les Davies saw a headed effort dramatically cleared off the line, before the hosts began to take charge.

After a period of sustained pressure, Zimbru's Oleg Molla headed his side ahead on 29 minutes, before he completed his brace three minutes later with a stunning half volleyed effort from the edge of te box.

Zimbru had the measure of Bangor towards the end of the firs half, but having kept them at bay, city's hopes were restored hit by a scrambled Mark Smyth effort on the stroke of half time.

The second half saw a similar pattern emerge, with City waiting to hit back on the break.

The Moldovan outfit saw a host of chances go begging during the start of the second half, before the Welsh side began to rally.

City, who only needed one goal to go through, pushed men forward to set up a tense finale as they went in the hunt for an all important equaliser.

Nev Powell's side saw a Dave Morley penalty appeal turned down late on, before the former Manchester City midfielder saw a last minute header go agonisingly over the bar, to end City's hopes of progressing to the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

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