TIER FOUR: Corrig hits five as 1876 bounce back on Bank Holiday Monday

PICTURE BY Dafydd Hughes shows Corrig McGonigle scoring v former club Pentraeth.

BANGOR 1876 bounced back from a shock defeat and the disappointment of missing out on the tier four title to beat Pentraeth 8-1 on Bank Holiday Monday.

The club’s 1-0 defeat to Glantraeth on Friday, April 29, meant that Bodedern Athletic were crowned the first-ever North Wales Coast West Premier champions.

But 1876 put that all behind them on with a ruthless display at Pentraeth, who themselves had picked up a 1-0 win over Gaerwen and an impressive 1-1 draw v Penrhyndeudraeth in their two previous matches.

The visitors came flying out of the blocks when Joe Culshaw headed in a Sion Edwards corner just 13 minutes in.

Within a minute of the opening goal, the hosts had a chance to get back on level terms when striker Kian Abbott found himself clean through on goal. However, 17-year-old goalkeeper Cian Thomas got out well to make the save.

1876 doubled their advantage just after the half hour mark when Harry Galeotti cut the ball back from the right to allow Corrig McGonigle to net his 25th goal since joining in February.

McGonigle (red) has been in unstoppable form for 1876. PIC: Dafydd Hughes

The forward first made a name for himself at Llangoed before joining Pentraeth back in 2014 and going on to score 88 goals in just two seasons for the club.

But on Bank Holiday Monday he came back to haunt his former club – adding a second goal to his tally soon after his first when Edwards played the ball back to him from the byline down the left hand side.

McGonigle then completed yet another hat-trick as Edwards again turned provider on 42 mins.

Half-time: Pentraeth 0-4 Bangor 1876

Five minutes after the break, the magical McGonigle added his fourth goal of the afternoon after another cross from Edwards.

Midway through the second period, Edwards provided his fifth assist of the afternoon when his through ball allowed Harry Galeotti to break into the penalty area and lob the ball over Pentraeth goalkeeper Dean Corbett Brown.

Edwards racked up five assists and a goal at Pentraeth. PIC: Dafydd Hughes

With just over 20 minutes left, Shaun Lock picked up a second yellow card and became only the second 1876 player ever to be sent off.

But the numerical advantage did not change much as 1876 scored again when Sion Edwards netted direct from a free-kick with seventeen minutes left.

However, hosts Pentraeth showed great heart to get on the scoresheet themselves two minutes later when right back Dyfed Alston broke through into the penalty area and finished well.

Pentraeth celebrate their goal. PIC: Eado Photography.

With the clock ticking down, McGonigle managed to add his fifth and 1876’s eighth of the afternoon when he beat keeper Corbett Brown after the ball was headed into his path by Michael Johnston.

There is now still one last shot of some sort of revenge on Bodedern Athletic for 1876 this coming Saturday too – when they could stop the club going a whole season unbeaten with victory on the final day at Treborth.

That should be a real cracker!

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