Cymru North: Prestatyn win thriller at Flint, first victory for Porthmadog

Flint’s Mark Cadwallader (stripes) rises with Prestatyn captain Michael Parker. Pic: John Pickles

Flint Town United 2 Prestatyn Town 3

The match of the day in Cymru North certainly lived up to its name as Prestatyn Town stretched their lead at the summit to seven points with a 3-2 win in a dramatic game at Flint Town United.

In the first half, a header from Prestatyn’s Kai Edwards cleared off the line was the nearest either side went to scoring before the deadlock was broken in the 44th minute.

A slip-up from Silkmen keeper John Danby allowed Jack Kenny to put the visitors a goal-up.

Following a melee after the half-time whistle, Flint manager Niall McGuinness was shown a red card and Prestatyn’s Kenny received a second yellow, meaning the visitors faced playing the entire second period with 10 men.

The home side were level 10 minutes into the second half when the prolific Mark Cadwallader made it 1-1 with a far post header.

On the hour Prestatyn were back in front when Jordan Davies capitalised on a fluffed clearance from Danby to round the keeper and score from a tight angle.

It was end-to-end stuff now, and in the 63rd minute a Richie Foulkes header made it two-apiece.

In the 73rd minute, Jordan Davies was brought down in the box and Rob Hughes put Town in front for a third time from the penalty spot.

Flint were then awarded a penalty of their own, but Jon Rushton kept out Foulkes’ effort and that was the end of the scoring.

Buckley Town 2 Llanfair United 1

Dylan Roberts slams home Buckley’s winner. Picture: Trevor Jones

The two teams with the worst goals against record in the league played out a very entertaining game in front of a crowd of 285.

In the first half Buckley had numerous chances to take the lead but failed to convert any, whilst Llanfair opportunities were minimal.

Nonetheless, it was the visitors who edged ahead at the start of the second half when Andrew Hughes’ effort looped over Joey Mararuk in the Buckley goal.

Town levelled on 72 minutes with a goal from Callum Humphries.

Buckley finally got their noses in front when Dylan Roberts picked up the ball on halfway, ran powerfully down the touchline and struck a thunderous shot leaving the Llanfair goalkeeper with no chance of saving.

United to their credit tried to get back on terms but the Buckley defence held out.

Bangor City 3 Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 2

Thrilling goalmouth action from Bangor City v Llanrhaeadr. Picture: Andre Pepper, Eventphotowales

On the day Bangor City appointed former World Cup winner Pedro Pasculli as their new manager, the Citizens made a welcome return to winning ways thanks to a last-minute penalty victory over Llanrhaeadr at Nantporth.

The 59-year-old Pasculli won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 alongside Diego Maradona. He has previously managed a number of Italian clubs as well as Albania’s Dinamo Tirana and the Uganda national team.

Pasculli replaces Stephen Vaughan Jr, who stepped down after the recent 7-0 thrashing at Prestatyn in Cymru North.

Things went better for Bangor today, although Thomas Gale struck first for Llanrhaeadr on the half-hour.

Aldair Neto levelled in first half injury time with a wonderful curling effort, then early in the second period Massimo Sammartino made it 2-1 following a corner.

Dan Hindley equalised on 74 minutes before City were reduced to 10 men when defender Lennie Armstrong received a straight red card.

Despite this, the hosts were awarded a 90th minute spot-kick for handball on the goal-line and Francesco Serafino fired in the winner.

Colwyn Bay 4 Guilsfield 1

Mitch Bryant plundered a hat-trick for a Seagulls side which celebrated probably their best result of the season to date.

Julian Williams was also on target for the hosts, who led 3-0 at half time.

Adam Jenkins pulled a goal back for Guilsfield early in the second half, but the Bay were always in command.

In the late stages, Colwyn manager Craig Hogg received a red card for an angry reaction to Guilsfield players following a challenge on Alex Downes.

Conwy Borough 3 Penrhyncoch 0

Two goals from ever-prolific Corrig McGonigle helped Conwy secure the win which moved them up to second in the table.

After a scoreless first half at Y Morfa, Craig Whelan broke the deadlock in the 64th minute.

McGonigle then found the net on 71 and 78 minutes to make sure of the points.

Porthmadog 2 Ruthin Town 0

Porthmadog match-winner Jay Gibbs. Picture: Flint Town United FC website

A second-half double from Jay Gibbs made sure Porthmadog celebrated their first win of the season at the ninth attempt.

Previously with just a single point from eight starts, Port lifted themselves off the basement with a hard-earned win over a visiting side in decent form.

The final scoreline at Y Traeth does not tell half the story.

Ruthin had both Dafydd Evans and Richard Harvey Davies sent off in the first half.

Port also earned themselves two penalties, but both Gibbs efforts were saved by Ryan Goldston.

Rhyl 4 Corwen 0

Sam Molyneux scored twice for the Lilywhites in this comfortable victory over bottom side Corwen at Belle Vue.

Molyneux ended the stalemate a minute before the break, then completed his brace in a second half which also saw James Murphy and Tom Creamer find the net.

Llangefni Town 2 Llandudno 0

Cefni recorded their second win of the season in front of a bumper Friday night crowd at Cae Bob Parry.

Attackers Matthew Jones, Jamie Roberts and Callum McMinimee were back in the side after missing the heavy defeat away to Flint.

Town could not have wished for a better start, Steve Kehoe’s speculative 30 yard shot finding its way through Llandudno keeper Shaun Pearson’s legs to give Llangefni the lead after 12 minutes.

Good chances came the way of Cefni’s Mathew Jones and Cai Powell-Roberts before the away team’s best opening of the half fell to Dean Seager, his shot going narrowly wide after 44 minutes.

Llangefni extended their lead early in the second half, Matthew Jones’ feeding a through ball to Jamie Roberts, who scored his first ever goal for the Town.

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