FAW Trophy: Upsets galore as Gwynedd League celebrate triple giant-killing
That’s what Conno does! Holywell’s Mark Connolly (third left) is mobbed by team-mates after scoring a wonder goal at Hawarden Rangers. There are some tall players in football, but that player furthest right in a Holywell kit…..that is TALL. Picture: Lee Douglas

Llandudno Athletic were the toast of the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League after winning a thrilling FAW Trophy tie away to higher level Welsh Alliance hosts Amlwch Town 6-5.

Tier 5 eliminated tier 4 at Lon Bach, Ryan Jones (2), Matty McElroy (2), Lee Stokes and Paul Issacs sharing the goals for Rhys Lane’s underdogs, Ryan Rowlands (2), Chris Byast, Dan Jones and Josh Griffiths for the home side.

Welsh Alliance Division Two knocked out Division One as Gaerwen defeated Glan Conwy 2-0 at Lon Groes, Andy Wannop and Shaun Monument with the home goals.

There were three instances of Gwynedd League beating next-level-up Welsh Alliance in Saturday’s second round.

Bangor 1876 saw off Pwllheli 3-1, Jos Lloyd (2) and Cameron Barry for the winners, Gareth Jones-Evans replying, Nefyn United pipped Penmaenmawr Phoenix 3-2, Carl Jones, Dylan Sion Jones and Llyr Pennant the Penwaig goal heroes and Menai Bridge Tigers also triumphed 3-2 at Mynydd Llandegai, Callum Davidson (2) and Dave Baston for the Anglesey side, Wyn Morris and Tom Collins responding.

Holyhead Hotspur needed extra time to overcome rank outsiders Aberffraw 2-1.

The visitors, rock bottom of Welsh Alliance Division Two without a point to their name, led 1-0 at half time through Geraint Jones and despite several close calls it took until the hour for Corey Jones to level for the hosts.

Robert Jones notched the winner in extra time for the Welsh Alliance Division One high-flyers, who were only denied a glut of goals through the woodwork, strong goalkeeping and wayward finishing.

The prolific Dean Redmond made it eight goals in as many games for Bodedern Athletic this season with a double in a 3-0 beating of Glantraeth, Tom Wood also on target.

Waunfawr of the Gwynedd League pushed Welsh Alliance Llanberis all the way before losing out on penalties.

Llanberis led twice at Ffordd Padarn through Gethin Wakeham (pen) and Owain Jones, but the Beganifs levelled twice through Ioan Gwynedd and Guto Gwynedd to make it 2-2 after extra time. The Darans squeezed through 4-3 on spot-kicks.

Llanfairpwll (blue) and Llandudno Junction involved in FAW Trophy action. Picture: Aled Wyn Jones


Mynydd Isa Spartans thrashed North East Wales League minnows Acton 8-2, Mike Whales (3), Jordan Walker (2), Kal Pierce, Joe Robins and Sam Reilly doing the damage.

George Baxter (2), Andrew Vale and Max Northall led Brickfield Rangers to a 4-2 success over visitors Rhydymwyn, Sam Evans and David Jones ensured Llanuwchllyn won 2-1 at Chirk Town and Rhos Aelwyd outscored Castell Alun Colts 2-0, Ryan Jenkins and Kian Davies on the mark.

Although Brymbo v Llandyrnog United was an all-tier-three battle, the Steelmen were unstoppable, Jamie Cumming (2), Jake Prescott (2), Ryan Clarke (2), Andy Noonan and Jordan Deer combining to deliver an 8-0 victory.

Rhostyllen rattled up the biggest win of the round, walloping Rhosllanerchrugog 10-0, Steven Jones and player-manager Warren Duckett both with hat-tricks, Tom Douglas adding a pair, Andrew Bithell and Drew Wickens one apiece.

Jack Williams (3) and Liam Jones (2) guided Llandudno Junction to a 5-0 win at Llanfairpwll; Dan Evans (2), Jack Williams and Allan Davies combined to seal Llandudno Albion a 4-2 outcome at St Asaph City and Aaron Thomas and Ashley Owen netted for Nantlle Vale in a 2-1 result against Blaenau Amateurs, Bryn Humphreys replying.

After trailing 2-0 at the interval, Greenfield fought back to dump out Penycae 3-2 in extra time, Ryan Jones, Sam Jones and Kieron Roberts wresting a home win.

There was a big upset in the air when WNL Division One newcomers Halkyn and Flint Mountain led Welsh Alliance Division One table-toppers Denbigh Town 1-0 at half time.

However, the visitors turned the tie around to finish up narrow 2-1 victors.

Sean Williams ensured the underdogs were in front until the 70th minute before Jake Walker made it one-apiece. And it was top-marksman Walker who bagged the winner after 80.

Mark Connolly plundered a hat-trick in Holywell Town’s 7-1 away hammering of Hawarden Rangers. Josh Robertson, Shaun Tuck, Jake Cooke and Sam Jones snapped up the rest for the Wellmen.

Mold Alexandra celebrated a 3-1 success at Saltney Town, Danny Warren (pen), Matty Pierce and Rhys Nash for the visitors, Danny Burgess responding.

Ryan Goodband (2) and Matthew Worrall found the net for a Llay Welfare side which recovered from a goal down to beat Plas Madoc 3-1.

Gareth Allman put Gwalchmai ahead at Barmouth and Dyffryn, but Ieuan Brooks equalised and it went to extra time before Billy Jones pocketed a 117th minute decider in a 2-1 scoreline.

Ryan Harden, Gerson Neto, Benjamin Duffy, Kurt Isaac, Matt Onissiphorou and Chris Roberts claimed a goal apiece in Cefn Mawr Rangers’ 6-1 breeze at Llangollen Town, while Liam Davies, Sam Wainwright, Ross Sumner and Matthew Robinson ensured New Brighton Villa progressed 4-1 at Overton.

Alan Mark Owen (2), Carl Griffiths and captain Llion Jones provided Llanrug United’s goals in a 4-2 victory at Y Felinheli.

On Friday night, Lex produced the result of the round when they won 2-1 at holders Cefn Albion. Jordan Jones struck for Albion, but Zack Davies and Alun Parry made sure of a big upset in Lex’s favour.

FC Queen’s Park whipped Chirk AAA 4-1, Coedpoeth United beat Prestatyn Sports 4-2 and Llanrwst United defeated Kinmel Bay 2-0 but no details could be found on any of those games.

Round two results

North East: Acton 2 Mynydd Isa Spartans 8, Brickfield Rangers 4 Rhydymwyn 2, Brymbo 8 Llandyrnog United 0, Cefn Albion 1 Lex 2, Chirk Town 1 Llanuwchllyn 2, Coedpoeth United 4 Prestatyn Sports 2, Greenfield 3 Penycae 2, Hawarden Rangers 1 Holywell Town 7, Halkyn & Flint Mountain 1 Denbigh Town 2, Llangollen Town 1 Cefn Mawr Rangers 6, Overton Recreation 1 New Brighton Villa 4, Plas Madoc 1 Llay Welfare 3, Queen’s Park 4 Chirk AAA 1, Rhos Aelwyd 2 Castell Alun Colts 0, Rhostyllen 10 Rhosllanerchrugog 0, Saltney Town 1 Mold Alexandra 3.

North West: Amlwch Town 5 Llandudno Athletic 6, Bangor 1876 3 Pwllheli 1, Barmouth & Dyffryn 2 Gwalchmai 1, Bodedern Athletic 3 Glantraeth 0, Gaerwen 2 Glan Conwy 0, Holyhead Hotspur 2 Aberffraw 1 (aet), Llanberis 2 Waunfawr 2 (aet – Llanberis won 4-3 pens), Llanfairpwll 0 Llandudno Junction 5, Llannefydd P Holyhead Town P, Kinmel Bay 0 Llanrwst United 2, Mynydd Llandegai 2 Menai Bridge Tigers 3, Nantlle Vale 2 Blaenau Amateurs 1, Nefyn United 3 Penmaenmawr Phoenix 2, St Asaph City 2 Llandudno Albion 4, Y Felinheli 2 Llanrug United 4.

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