Welsh Premier League
Published 30th April 2011
...The New Saints 1-0 at Farrar Road on Saturday. Needing only a draw to retain the crown themselves, the visitors were eventually undone by City's weapon of choice all season, a Peter Hoy long throw, which was headed on by Dave Morley for ex-Everton youth Garside to toe-poke home at the near post in the 68th minute.
Chances had been at a premium as both sides struggled on a bone-hard surface, with Chris Jones going closest for the hosts with a first-half shot that was well tipped-away by Saints' keeper Paul Harrison.
Craig Jones had a chance at the other end before the break, but his half-struck effort failed to trouble Paul Smith in the City goal.
Chris Jones fired a well-struck shot straight at Harrison on the hour but, with former City defender Phil Baker forced-off through injury, the Blues took advantage immediately with Garside's goal.
Smith just held on to a Chris Sharp effort from outside the box, while sub Matthew Berkeley hit the side netting after a good run.
Morley's looping header came close to doubling Bangor's lead but was headed off the line by Jones and, with the Saints' last chance, Scott Ruscoe fired over the bar from 20-yards to leave the City faithful to celebrate.
Aberyswyth Town will have home advantage in the play-off quarter-final after beating Carmarthen Town 1-0 at Park Avenue.
A 38th minute Cledan Davies strike proved enough for the Seasiders as rivals Airbus UK Broughton were going down 3-0 at home to Newtown.
Former AFC Liverpool front man Steve Jones scored a hat-trick for the rampant Robins who, with relegation fears already over, finished above Carmarthen in ninth place.
The Wingmakers must now travel to face Aberystwyth on Tuesday, May 10th in the first game of the play-offs.
The winners will be away to Port Talbot Town, who wound-up their regular season with a 3-2 win at Llanelli, thanks to a second half brace from defender Lee Surman.
Rhys Griffiths, who wins the league's Golden Boot for a sixth consecutive season, notched his twenty-fifth goal of the campaign to give the Reds the lead, but Luke Bowen levelled and an 82nd-minute Adam Orme effort proved only a consolation for the hosts.
Neath were held 1-1 at home by Prestatyn, Ian Griffiths cancelling out a first-half goal from Craig Hughes for the Eagles.
Bala Town beat already relegated Haverfordwest County 2-0 in the day's other game with a goal from Mark Jones and a penalty from Chester FC loanee Mark Connolly.