LIERSE SK 0 CITY 3
European Cup Winners Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg
12th November 1969
scorers Lee 2, Bell
City Corrigan, Book, Pardoe, Doyle, Booth, Oakes, Summerbee, Bell, Lee, Young, Bowyer – subs Heslop(used), Mulhearn(unused), Owen(unused), Connor(unused), Towers(unused)
England men Francis Lee and Colin Bell gave Manchester City a substantial 3-0 lead in the first leg of the European Cup Winners Cup second round tie with Lierse (Belgium) here tonight.
City opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Bell headed to Lee, who kicked high over the goalkeeper’s outstretched hands.
City had several good chances but threw them away. But after 35 minutes Young intercepted a bad pass on the wing and pushed the ball to Lee. He raced round a defender and scored.
One of the best moves of the match came in the 44th minute when Lee was crowded to the touchline, danced round an opponent and centred for Bell to slam in a low shot through a crowded goalmouth.
Heslop, replacing Doyle injured in the 37th minute, brought down Janssens just outside the penalty area shortly after the restart. It was probably Lierse`s best chance and goalkeeper Corrigan did well to save the free kick.
Lierse, gamely trying to keep the match alive, also lost a leading player, Vermeyen. But his substitute came near to scoring when Corrigan deflected his shot
EDITORIAL FROM THE TIMES 13TH NOVEMBER 1969
A GOAL FOR COLIN BELL