Bangor City FC retained the Welsh Cup with a 2-0 victory over Aberystwyth Town FC at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli on Monday, opening the doors to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
Les Davies proved the matchwinner for the north Wales club, scoring the opening goal just before half-time before laying on the second for man-of-the-match Christian Seargeant early in the second half. And this after the burly centre-forward had looked likely to bow out of the match after damaging his knee in a first-minute fall. Davies played on – with obvious discomfort to start with – and proved a real thorn in Aber's side.
Bangor's victory, their seventh Welsh Cup success, proved far less dramatic than their triumph 12 months ago when it took a last-minute equaliser from Seargeant to force extra time against Llanelli AFC before they came through as 4-2 winners. This time, concerted pressure from their opponents – making their first appearance in the final since 1900 – only came after the second goal.
'Running on empty'
Davies said: "I was worried about my knee but I needed to stay on because it was a big game. It was a great ball [for the goal] and the keeper was stranded. It was not the easiest header, but I managed to squeeze it in." Manager Neville Powell added: "The players deserve every credit because this was the 50th game of the season and some were running on empty out there. I fancied Les to get a goal and there was no question of him coming off."
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