Llanelli 2 Bangor City 2: Wasteful Reds miss out on chance to upset title hopefuls
LLANELLI saw their hopes of victory over Bangor disappear through a combination of poor finishing and slack defending.
The Reds had enough chances to claim victory over one of the Welsh Premier League's leading lights, but in the end the North Wales outfit would have been more than happy with a share of the spoils.
Early pressure by the hosts led to Michael Johnston making a timely clearance to cut out a threatening cross from Geoff Kellaway, who then had another low delivery into the goalmouth safely grasped by keeper Lee Idzi.
A strike from distance by Luke Bowen forced Idzi to claw it to safety, and when Kellaway was put through on a one-on-one, he could only fire his effort against Idzi and Lloyd Grist blasted over the rebound.
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Adam Davies sent Martin Rose clear and his cross was met by Bowen, whose header drifted just off target.
The Reds deservedly took the lead on 15 minutes with Rose seizing on a pass before being confronted by the oncoming goalkeeper. But he kept his composure and rounded Idzi to find the vacant net.
Shortly after, the lead should have been doubled when Kellaway found Grist at the far post, but from no more than a couple of yards out, he somehow contrived to lift the chance over the bar.
Idzi was forced to push another Bowen attempt around for a corner just before the interval, and from the resulting corner, a scramble ensued on the Bangor line before a free-kick relieved the situation for the visitors.
The Reds were quickly into their stride in the second period, with Johnston again bringing off an interception when Bowen drilled a ball into the box with Rose waiting to pull the trigger.
However, the visitors levelled matters when some sloppy defending on the edge of the box let in Chris Simm, who gratefully accepted the chance by driving it beyond Morris.
Despite this unexpected setback, the home side still looked capable of adding to their tally, and it took a brilliant save by Idzi to prevent Rose from doing so, pushing his close-range effort from a Kellaway cross against the inside of the post and to safety.
Bangor took the lead from a corner when Simm was allowed to rise unchallenged before glancing a header past Morris.
With the clock ticking down, the home side made a couple of changes with Craig Moses and Craig Williams replacing Grist and Kellaway.
And with just five minutes remaining, Moses burst into the box before being felled by a tackle from Sion Edwards, leading to a red card for the visiting player and the award of a penalty.
Having successfully converted one against Carmarthen Town in the Reds' last game, Antonio Corbisiero stepped up to take the kick and drove it confidently past Idzi to level matters and earn his side a share of the points.