Welsh National (Wrexham Area): Cup joy for Holywell and Plas Madoc, Queen’s Park cut gap at Premier Division summit

Holywell hat-trick hero Ben Brierley closes down the Chirk keeper. Picture: Lee Douglas

League Cup

Holywell Town romped to an 8-0 victory at Chirk AAA to reach the quarter-finals of the WNL Premier Division League Cup.

The Wellmen opened the scoring at Holyhead Road with barely a couple of minutes on the clock, Ben Brierly firing home inside the box after controlling a great through ball.

It was Brierly again in the 20th minute who beat the offside trap and had the simple task of slotting the ball past the advancing keeper.

Chirk came into things more for the rest of the half, but come the break it remained 2-0.

There was no further score until midway through the second half. A good break down the right saw Dylan Allshorn’s cross find Luke Edwards, who controlled then fired into the bottom corner.

Chirk then lost their goalkeeper through injury and things were only to get worse for them.

Edwards capitalised on an error from the stand-in keeper to find an empty net. A minute later it was 5-0. Debutant Myles Hart burst forward and once in the box, picked his spot and found the net.

Jacob Wise and Sam Jones added further goals, while Brierly completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot.

Plas Madoc achieved one of their finest results of the season to beat Brymbo 2-1 and set up a visit to Saltney Town in the last eight.

Ramone Nelson and Liam Sklenar were on target for the hosts, Ben Kearney replying.

Premier Division Cup quarter-final draw: Holywell Town v Llay Welfare, Mold Alexandra v FC Queen’s Park, Rhostyllen v Cefn Albion, Saltney Town v Plas Madoc.

Premier Division

Barry Torrence scored twice in a man of the match performance for FC Queen’s Park

FC Queen’s Park closed the gap on leaders Rhostyllen to two points with a 4-0 home win against Rhydymwyn.

The Park were on the front foot all game and two goals in either half sealed a comfortable victory. First on the scoresheet was Barry Torrence, who converted a penalty won by the dangerous Edgar Lima.

As the half progressed, veteran centre-half Tony Jones delivered a pinpoint cross for Torrence to head home.

Torrence was unlucky not to complete his hat-trick, an accidental strike to the face stopping him rolling the ball into an empty net. Aled Powell also had two further shouts for a penalty waved away.

Credit must be given to young James Gregory, who was asked to play in a central midfield role for the home side with Sean Dodd missing and he acquitted himself superbly next to Tristan Wagner. Also making his first team debut was young Charlie Rowley, impressive at centre half.

The second half saw Lima burst clean through and with a delightful chip over the keeper made it three.

Substitute Jack Griffiths came on in the dying minutes to seal the show with a cool finish.

Paul Johnson, James Argent, Scott Beach and Stephen Chiocchi all netted for Saltney in an emphatic 4-0 triumph at Llanuwchllyn.

Leaders Rhostyllen were held 2-2 at home by Penycae, Steven Jones and Tom Douglas for the hosts, Calyn Spencer with both for the visitors.

Matthew Worrall and Rhys Lloyd found the net for Llay Welfare in a 2-1 success at Castell Alun Colts, the game featuring a last-minute winner, while Rhos Aelwyd saw off Brickfield Rangers 2-0, Jake Simms and Iolo Hughes banking the points.

Cefn Mawr Rangers jointly lead Division One following a 2-0 verdict at Mynydd Isa Spartans, Hari Gould with a double.

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