Welsh Premier League
Published 14th July 2011
....HJK Helsinki at Rhyl's Belle Vue on Wednesday night.
City gave a spirited display in their first-ever Champions League tie against their illustrious rivals, but a brace from Berat Sadik and a late goal from Sebastian Sorsa left Neville Powell's side with a mountain to climb in the second leg.
The visitors opened their account after 14 minutes when a long ball forward from Dawda Bah sprang the offside trap for Teemu Pukki, who won the ball in a challenge from keeper Lee Idzi to square and give leading scorer Sadik a simple chance.
City squandered a succession of set pieces, but HJK almost scored from a Sebastian Mannstrom corner, which saw Lee Idzi forced into a tip-over save from Valtteri Moren's free header.
The Citizens best chance of the first half fell to Nicky Ward, whose well-struck shot from Alan Bull's lay-off was well beaten away by visiting keeper Ville Wallen.
Bull, who was the Blues' main threat, was then narrowly wide with another effort from Peter Hoy's long throw six minutes before half-time.
City took the game to their opponents after the interval but were hit by a sucker punch on 55 minutes when a left wing break ended with Mannstrom laying the ball off for Sadik to send an angled drive beyond Idzi.
Les Davies, Dave Morley and Craig Garside all had half chances as Bangor kept going to the end and it was less than they deserved when some good interplay ended with sub Sorsa sending an 18-yarder beyond Idzi's despairing dive.