Blaenau Amateurs 3
Llandyrnog United 12 (Roberts 8, Porter, Holmes, Lewis, Williams)
Welsh Cup qualifying round one – August 19, 2017
To score EIGHT goals in a Welsh Cup tie is a phenomenal achievement which is unlikely to have happened very often in the competition’s 143-year history.
But this is what Mark Roberts managed to do for Llandyrnog United in a 12-3 away hammering of Blaenau Amateurs at the start of the 2017-18 season.
The home side were in Welsh Alliance Two at the time, with Dyrny a division above. It had the makings of a fairly even tie on paper.
Blaenau made the brighter start and took the lead on five minutes when a defensive mistake was punished by Dave Copsey.
This woke up the away side and the lead was quickly wiped out when captain Mark Roberts broke through to score.
The quick turnaround was complete five minutes later as Dan Porter’s right footed effort found the back of the net.
Ryan Harden’s men were now brimming with confidence and looking like scoring with each attack as the home defence struggled to cope with the pace of front three Roberts, Andy Thomas and Billy Holmes.
It was Holmes who added a third before the goal of the game from Sam Lewis made it 4-1, beautifully lobbing the keeper from 25 yards.
Llandyrnog smelt blood, in particular Roberts who managed to add another four goals to his personal tally before half time with a scintillating display of finishing.
Half-time: Blaenau 1 Llandyrnog 8
Roberts was far from finished and soon completed his double hat-trick in the second half.
To their credit Blaenau continued to fight and were rewarded with a couple of goals of their own.
This roused the Vale of Clwyd side again and they responded with a strong finish.
Roberts made it 10 from the penalty spot before substitute Paul Williams got in on the act with number 11.
The unstoppable Roberts made sure he had the last word, topping off an incredible individual performance by heading home a Les Brophy cross for his eighth goal of the day.
Only special players manage to score eight goals in a single game – no matter what the standard of opposition.
Mark Roberts proved on this day how special he is.
He scored 63 goals in two seasons for Llandyrnog before returning to current club Denbigh Town for the 2018-19 season.
Not surprisingly, Mark won the Player of the Round after his heroics for Llandyrnog on that August day.
He received his award from Welsh Alliance League official Simon Newport.