Bangor City’s weekend went from bad to worse on Saturday as they were beaten 6-1 by Connah’s Quay Nomads in the Welsh Cup Semi-Final, at Rhyl’s Belle Vue Stadium.
On Friday, City received the news that they had been refused the Domestic License to play in the Welsh Premier League next season, something they intend to appeal within the next 10 days.
Bangor had beaten the Nomads three times this season in the Welsh Premier League without conceding a goal, but on the night City were second best all over the pitch, in what manager Kevin Nicholson described as an “embarrassing performance”
A hat-trick from Andy Owens and goals from Ryan Wignall, Michael Bakare and Nathan Woolfe saw off City, and if it hadn’t been for a few sharp saves from Matthew Hall in the Bangor goal, the score could have been a lot more. Bangor’s George Harry scored a consolation penalty in the 75th minute, by which time the game was all over.
Kevin Nicholson said: “We needed to be at our best tonight, we were certainly at our worst, the worst performance of the season so far.
“We didn’t play like it was a semi-final, we didn’t show the desire, the determination, we were out battled, it’s incredibly disappointing, we were embarrassing.”
City will now need to regroup quickly as they face the Nomad’s again next week in a crucial game which could determine 2nd place in the Welsh Premier and an automatic Europa League place next season, subject to either team being successful in their appeals to obtain the Domestic and European Licenses.
The Nomads will play Aberystwyth or Newtown in the Welsh Cup Final.
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