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Flashback – 5 years ago: Albion make history in NWCFA Junior Cup Final

Joel Lloyd (right – hoops) celebrates putting Albion 2-1 up

Llandudno Albion 4 (Montgomery 36 & 96, Lloyd 94, Maddock 117)
Trearddur Bay United Reserves 2 (J Jones 53, Webb 104)
(after extra time)
NWCFA Junior Cup Final – May 15, 2015

Managers Paul Cheung and Luke Regan were delighted to lead the first Llandudno team to lift the NWCFA Junior Cup in the competition’s 120-year history.

In their first season as a club, Albion added the prestigious trophy to the REM Jones Cup and promotion to the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier Division they had already secured.

The Llandudno side needed extra time to see off a stubborn Trearddur Bay at Nantporth Stadium, Bangor.

“I don’t think we were particularly at our very best, but we got the result in the end,” said Cheung.

“A good 10 minutes of football (in extra time) enabled us to pull away a bit.”

Albion benefited from the final being postponed for a week, as had it been played as scheduled seven days earlier, two-goal hero Mark Montgomery would have been suspended.

Regan said: “Mark Montgomery has been quality all season. If the final had been last week he’d have been suspended, but we had a game in midweek so he was eligible to play tonight.

“We’ve scored not far off 200 goals this season, so we knew the goals were going to come at some point, but we just needed to keep it quiet at the other end.”

Anglesey League outfit Trearddur made a good start, Adam Griffiths having his header blocked on the line by man of the match Mike Williams in the third minute.

Midfield general Williams was then in action at the other end, blasting over after the ball ricocheted fortunately into his path.

Jordan Jones sliced wide from a good position for Bay, then Albion’s Dave Maddock was denied by a near-post save from young keeper Mike Bentley.

The deadlock was broken on 36 minutes when Montgomery struck with an absolute left-foot beauty from 25 yards.

Half-time: Albion 1 Trearddur Bay 0

Albion celebrate in single file. An early example of social distancing?

After Charley Kemp drilled a low strike straight at Bentley moments after the start of the second half, Trearddur applied some pressure.

Llandudno keeper Alex Owen could only parry out a Stephan Driedyk header, but then produced a great stop from Anton Williams’s follow-up.

In the 53rd minute Bay were back on terms when Jordan Jones slotted a loose ball into the net from 12 yards.

Montgomery had a great chance to make it 2-1 when clean through on 63 minutes, but his deft chip over keeper Bentley sailed wide.

Trearddur’s George Hibbert clipped the top of the bar from a free kick before Tommy Talbot’s shot was pushed behind by Bentley for a corner.

Full-time: 1-1.

Extra time

Albion appeared to have more in the tank in extra time and four minutes into the first period Joel Lloyd headed home from a corner.

Two minutes later substitute Mike Chapman threaded a lovely pass to Montgomery, who superbly chipped the advancing keeper for his 38th goal of the season.

Still Trearddur refused to fold and a mix-up in the Albion defence allowed Dave Webb to nip in and make it 3-2.

Four minutes into the second period, Owen spilled a cross and Driedyk looked certain to equalise, but was unable to convert.

Albion made their opponents pay for that missed opportunity in the 117th minute when Maddock scored with an exquisite 22-yarder over Bentley from the left.

Teams

Llandudno Albion

Alex Owen, Karl Cheung (Wayne Johnson 111), Dean Roberts, Craig Roberts, Joel Lloyd, Charley Kemp (Ajay Dhawan 108), Tommy Talbot, Mike Williams, Dave Maddock, Mark Montgomery, Steve Cheung (Mike Chapman 69)

Trearddur Bay Reserves

Mike Bentley, Adam Griffith (Adam Morris 98) Joe Caven, Anton Williams (Liam Mortimer 98), Stephan Driedyk, Matt Jones, George Hibbert, Jordan Jones, Dave Webb, Matt Morseley, Gwion Owen (Andrew Luke Williams 70).

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