Results and Reports – Friday, August 30
JD Cymru Premier
Airbus UK Broughton 2 Caernarfon Town 3
Often the only thing memorable about a late winning goal is the finish itself, but there was much more to Caernarfon’s 87th minute decider at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium on Friday.
While Jamie Breese took the headlines for outrunning the Airbus defence, rounding keeper Dave Roberts and lashing into the net to seal a 3-2 victory, that special moment would not have happened but for a sublime defence-splitting pass from Gareth Evans into the scorer’s path.
It was a thrilling ending to a lively game which saw newly-promoted Airbus lead twice but finish up pointless.
The Wingmakers took a seventh-minute lead when Andy Owens capitalised on a calamitous attempted back-pass from Mike Pearson to slot low past keeper Alex Ramsay.
Town did plenty of attacking thereafter but lacked the finishing touch, Sam Jones drilling their best effort straight at Roberts from an angle. The home defence dealt well with some dangerous deliveries into the area.
Caernarfon began the second half on the offensive and went desperately close to an equaliser when Darren Thomas headed a Nathan Craig free kick against the underside of the bar.
Matty Sargent then tested Ramsay at the other end with a low drive.
Caernarfon’s deserved equaliser came in the 71st minute, but it was a disaster from an Airbus point of view.
Keeper Roberts fumbled a curling Thomas corner over his own goal-line to make it 1-1.
Within less than a minute, however, Airbus were back in front, a great run and cross from Sargent allowing Ryan Edwards to tap into an empty net.
The Canaries rallied, and in the 78th minute Thomas let fly with a beauty from 20 yards which proved too good for Roberts.
The home keeper tipped over a Noah Edwards strike before three minutes from time Evans broke from the back and his precision pass released substitute Breese to round the advancing Roberts and plunder the winner.
Bala Town 0 Connah’s Quay Nomads 1
That master of the decisive goal Michael Wilde proved the difference once more as Connah’s Quay Nomads edged a 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten Bala, reports Hannah Jones.
Wilde’s 69th minute net-finder was enough to earn Andy Morrison’s side their first win of the Cymru Premier campaign.
Chances were few and far between during the first 45 minutes.
Lassana Mendes’ spectacular 35 yarder was well saved by Lewis Brass in the Quay net, while Ashley Morris denied Wilde at the other end.
Sean Smith produced an astonishing last-ditch body block on the line to keep out Wilde’s goalbound header.
Before the break, Town were applying pressure and almost went ahead from a corner, but Quay’s melee of bodies in the box managed to clear the danger.
Morris made a great save at the start of the second half to thwart Nathan Woolfe.
It was becoming increasingly obvious one goal would settle it and it came when a free kick was delivered into the area, leading to Wilde outjumping everyone and heading home.
The goal led to a strong Bala finish, but their luck was out with two penalty appeals turned down.
A suspected handball in the box from Stuart Jones’ shot was waved away before Louis Robles appeared to be floored in the penalty area by Priestly Farquharson, but once again, nothing was awarded.
Cardiff Met University 1 (Will Evans 62) Newtown 0
Carmarthen Town 0 Barry Town United 1 (Clayton Green 69)
Cefn Druids 1 (Cody Roberts 42) Aberystwyth Town 2 (Marc Williams 19, Geoff Kellaway 87).
They may be belatedly crowned champions of the Welsh National League Premier Division, but Corwen’s early problems in Cymru North continued on Friday night with a 2-0 home loss to Ruthin Town.
Danny Jellicoe’s side are set to prosper from 2018-19 WNL Premier table-toppers FC Queen’s Park’s three-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player. As a result, Corwen will finish up at the summit.
Despite finishing second last term, the Edeyrnion side were still promoted to tier-two with the Park not applying to go up.
But life in Cymru North has not started well for Corwen, Friday’s scoreline meaning they have lost their first four games.
First half goals by Llyr Morris (penalty) and a fine finish from Wil Owen booked Ruthin another three points under new manager Chris Hardy.
Steven Whittaker scored all four goals for Cemaes Bay in a thrilling 4-3 victory at Holyhead Hotspur Reserves in the Rawson Digital Elias Cup first round.
Casey Gregg, Alex Jones, who was later dismissed for two yellow cards, and Luke Owen grabbed one goal apiece for Hotspur.
Scott Hughes (3) and Lewis Hall ensured Arriva Bangor overcame Llandegfan 4-1.
Results – Friday, August 30
JD Cymru Premier
Airbus UK Broughton 2 Caernarfon Town 3, Bala Town 0 Connah’s Quay Nomads 1, Cardiff Met 1 Newtown 0, Carmarthen Town 0 Barry Town United 1, Cefn Druids 1 Aberystwyth Town 2.
JD Cymru North
Corwen 0 Ruthin Town 2.
Welsh Alliance League
Reserves Division: Llangefni Town 2 Llanrug Utd 1, Prestatyn Town 0 Porthmadog 1.
Guy Walmsley Welsh National League
Reserves Division: Mold Alexandra 2 Gresford Athletic 1.
Lucas Oil Anglesey League
Rawson Digital Elias Cup round one: Arriva Bangor 4 Llandegfan 1, Holyhead Hotspur Res 3 Cemaes Bay 4.