Welsh Cup: northern Action from round one

Nathan Williams scores for Gresford at Coedpoeth. Picture: Chas Rowland


Nefyn United 0 Bangor City 2

Bangor City needed two goals in the last 20 minutes to finally see off the spirited challenge of Gwynedd League minnows Nefyn United in the first round of the Welsh Cup.

On paper, it should have been a comfortable success for the Citizens from Cymru North, but their opponents from three tiers below made them fight hard for their place in the next stage.

The first half saw City create numerous chances, Francesco Serafino seeing his shot diverted onto the post by Penwaig keeper Ian Aikman. Aldair Neto also crashed another effort against the crossbar.

Nefyn came more into the game towards the end of the half and come the interval it remained scoreless.

Only a fantastic save from Jack Atkinson early in the second half prevented the underdogs taking a sensational lead.

Aikman was proving a real hero at the other end, denying Piero Cauterucci and Neto in quick succession.

Substitute Salvatore Pascarella then headed against the post for the visitors.

There were 71 minutes on the clock when the deadlock was finally broken, Serafino feeding in a low ball from a corner and former Serie D striker Pascarella netting from a tight angle.

Nefyn pushed for the equaliser, but their brave challenge was over at last in the 90th minute when Yalany Baio found Pascarella, who finished smartly for his second.

Nefyn United: Ian Aikman, Colin Evans, Llyr Williams, Mathew Hardy, Joshua Dorkins, Ifan Gwilym, Tomos Jones, Steven Jones, Dylan Sion Jones, Daniel Roberts, Carl Jones. Subs: Iolo Jones, Guto Roberts, Zach Allanson, Gwion Roberts, John Gwynfor Jones.
Bangor City: Jack Atkinson, Yalany Baio, Piero Cauterucci, David Thompson, Pavel Vieira, Francesco Serafino, Massimo Sammartino, Francesco Leghissa, Massimo De Maria, Lucas Surber, Aldair Neto. Subs: Gabriele Brino, Matteo Trinca, Azizou Zoumbare, Lennie Armstrong, Salvatore Pascarella.

Rhyl 2 Llangefni Town 0

Rhyl rejoice after scoring against Llangefni. Picture: James Curran

Two first-half goals were enough to secure the Lilywhites a second round berth at the expense of fellow Cymru North outfit Llangefni.

Rhyl were rewarded for a bright start when they took the lead in the 19th minute.

An Aaron Hassall corner saw Cefni keeper Tyler French attempt to block a Sam Molyneux header and the ball dropped to David MacIntyre, who finished from nine yards out to claim his first goal for the team.

Several close calls came and went before Rhyl extended their lead shortly before the break. After a free kick was cleared, a first-time Cai Owen cross low across the area was met by Danny Sullivan, who steered the ball past French.

After the restart, Rhyl continued to create most of the chances with Molyneux and Arek Piskorski a constant danger to the Llangefni defence.

Piskorski saw a header saved by French and four minutes later Molyneux reacted to slot home the rebound after the visitors twice denied goalbound efforts, but the flag was raised for offside.

James Murphy saw a good chance thwarted by French in the 81st minute.

Llangefni threatened in the latter stages before Murphy’s run down the Rhyl left saw a low shot across the goal diverted wide by the excellent French.

Blaenau Amateurs 0 Buckley Town 2

Aron Williams (yellow and blue) breaks down the wing for Buckley at Blaenau. Pic: Trevor Jones

In atrocious conditions, Cymru North visitors Buckley did enough to progress at Cae Clyd.

Jake Roberts opened the scoring following a deft pass by Aron Williams after eight minutes.

Buckley then hit the woodwork three times. To Blaenau’s credit, they opened up the visiting defence twice but failed to convert.

The second half saw Buckley struggle to dominate the game, however on 69 minutes they carved out their first real chance and Williams made it two.

Blaenau hit the upright and never gave up until the final whistle, but Town took the spoils.

Prestatyn Sports 2 FC Queen’s Park 3 (aet)

Difficult conditions underfoot did not stop these teams from producing a good, old-fashioned blood and thunder cup tie.

Half time arrived with a 0-0 scoreline, Barry Torrence going closest for the Park when striking the post.

The away side’s French talisman Tristan Wagner and keeper Scott Williams both had to leave the field with injuries. Daniel Roberts replaced Wagner in midfield, while the versatile Torrence took the gloves.

The Park started to build some momentum and a deep cross forced a back-tracking defender to head into his own net.

The Welsh National League Premier Division side were looking to hang on, but in the fourth added minute a great strike from distance by James Cairns brought Sports level.

Extra time was needed and unexpectedly, a seemingly tiring Park started on the front foot, hitting the woodwork and being denied by a great save and goal-line clearance.

Then in the closing seconds of the half Sports pushed forward and snatched a second through Stephen Ashe to make it 2-1.

At half time the Park needed to get Torrence out of goal so Harry Gregory became the team’s third keeper of the day. Moments after coming out Torrence levelled from a corner.

As the game looked like it was going to penalties Torrence played a great pass to Daniel Roberts, who burst through and managed to sneak the ball over the keeper and into an open net to seal the win.

Rest of the ties

Llannefydd of Welsh Alliance Division Two advanced 3-0 at WNL Premier side Chirk AAA, Ynyr Clwyd handing the visitors a half time lead before Elgan Roberts converted two penalties after the interval.

WNL Division One giant-killers Coedpoeth United said goodbye to the competition after losing 5-0 at home to Cymru North favourites Gresford Athletic.

Jake Eyre notched a hat-trick for the Colliers, including two spot-kicks, while Nathan Williams and Jack Chaloner also found the net. Coedpoeth put in a fine effort but having two players dismissed did not help their cause.

A goal in each half from the prolific Llyr Morris secured 10-man Ruthin Town a 2-1 triumph at Conwy Borough, Craig Whelan responding.

Colwyn Bay edged a 3-2 verdict at Corwen in a tie where all the goals came in the first half.

Tom McCready’s stunning free kick gave the Seagulls a fourth-minute lead, Jordan Carrington made it 2-0 and Damian Ketley added a third before Ioz Jones and Dale Davies replied before the break.

Callum Bratley and Richie Foulkes both bagged hat-tricks as Flint Town United dismantled Four Crosses 9-0, Alex Titchiner (2) and Andrew Brown also on target.

Sam Jones (2) and Connor Hughes guided Greenfield to a 3-1 success over Caersws, whose sole marksman was Mark Edmondson.

Guilsfield narrowly beat a Brymbo outfit which finished the match with nine men 2-1 at Clos Mytton. Adam Davies (pen) and Callum Bromley struck for Guils, Jamie Cumming for the Steelmen.

Holyhead Hotspur got past Montgomery Town 4-2 in a thrilling contest at the New Stadium.

Dean Garmey’s fine header handed the hosts a 1-0 lead over a Mid-Wales League side who had Darryl Jones sent off in the first half.

After the turnaround, Monty gave it a real go. goals from Jack Williams and Tom Evans putting them level after Robert Jones pocketed Hotspur’s second.

Holyhead eventually prevailed thanks to Sam Ashworth’s net-finder and an own goal.

Llandudno squeezed past Holywell Town 3-2 in a fiesty encounter at Halkyn Road.

Robbie Parry, Danny Hughes and Bryan Roberts netted for the Seasiders, Shaun Tuck and Mark Connolly hitting back for the Wellmen, who could have forced extra time at least but for the brilliance of visiting keeper Shaun Pearson.

Robbie Hughes (red) struck twice for Prestatyn to reach 16 goals for the season (10 of them penalties). Picture: John Pickles

In a clash of Cymru North high-flyers, in-form Prestatyn Town romped to a 4-1 victory at Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

Robbie Hughes put away two penalties for the visitors, James Stead and Jack Kenny adding further goals, Iwan Matthews with the only home success.

Early goals from Aaron Hughes and Cynan Davies made sure Nantlle Vale ended Rhydymwyn’s cup hopes with a 2-0 win at Maes Dulyn.

And there was no stopping Mold Alexandra as they prevailed 8-1 at Waterloo Rovers.

Kevin Day (3), Conner Kendrick (2), Danny Warren (2) and Rhys Nash shared the away deluge, Tom Ellis converting a penalty for the Mid-Wales hosts.

Postponed: Llanberis v Porthmadog, Llanrug United v Aberffraw, Mynydd Isa Spartans v Llanfair United.

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