Citizens bow out of Europe after tough defeat


Arron Evans

Bangor City's dreams of progressing to the next round of the Europa League came to an end as they suffered a 3-0 home loss to a determined Lyngby BK side.

The 6.30pm kick-off at Nantporth was played in front of a sell out crowd of over 1,000 people, most of whom had hoped that the Citizens could turn their 1-0 deficit in the first leg in Denmark around. 

However, the dream quickly became a nightmare for City. The visitors took the lead after just three minutes, following a defensive error which allowed winger Kristoffer Larsen to go through on goal before putting the Danish side 1-0 up.

For much of the first half, Lyngby were looking dangerous on the counter attack and it wasn't long before they added a second goal.

On 37 minutes, lone striker, Jeppe Kjaer, side footed home from a cross by Brandrup to well and truly put the Citizens European hopes hanging in the balance.

Some five minutes later however, the final nail was placed into the Bangor City coffin as the impressive Larsen cut through the heart of their defence once again to add a third.

Having rarely threatened in the first half and trailing by four goals on aggregate, Bangor's players surely knew that they had to come out in the second half with a much better performance, to save themselves from an embarrassing defeat if nothing else.

An improvement saw them keep the scoreline the same throughout the final 45 minutes, thanks to the likes of Danny Gosset and Dean Rittenberg working tirelessly throughout.

Defender Laurence Wilson went closest for Bangor when his audacious lob from outside of the box forced Lyngby goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen into a good save, tipping the ball over the crossbar.

Bangor City will now be left wondering what could have been. Lithuanian referee, Donatas Rumsas, came under a lot of criticism from fans for making some strange decisions during the match, such as failing to send a Lyngby player off for a blatant two-footed tackle when he had already been booked once.

Folllowing the dissapointment at the final whistle, one fan told the Chronicle: "It's a shame that we've gone out in the way we have. I thought the referee in particular had a bad game, because maybe if he had sent one of their players off we could have capitalised, who knows?

"I'm gutted we’re out but I'm also proud of my team regardless."

Prior to the match, the club released a statement announcing that captain Gary Roberts will be sold to Conference North side, Southport FC.

Without getting in to too much detail regarding the incident, the statement from the Press Office read: “Following numerous incidents of unprofessional behaviour by the player, it was agreed that in the best interests of both parties that a parting of the ways was the only way forward.”

The Citizens now turn their attentions to the Welsh Premier League, kicking off at 7.45pm against champions TNS on Friday, August 11.


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