Reports from today’s Nathaniel MG Cup R1 ties – penalties joy for Bay and Cefni

Giacomo Mello scored two outstanding goals for Bangor City. Pic/graphics: Bangor City FC

Nathaniel MG Cup first round – Northern Section results (Dec 12)

Bangor City 3 Gresford Athletic 0
Buckley Town 2 Colwyn Bay 2 (Bay won 6-5 on penalties)
Conwy Borough 0 Ruthin Town 2
Holyhead Hotspur 1 Llandudno 0
Holywell Town P Llanidloes Town P
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 2 Llangefni Town 2 (Llangefni won 4-3 on penalties)


Bangor City 3 Gresford Athletic 0

Magical Giacomo Mello proved again he could be THE player to watch in the Cymru North this season after scoring a delicious double for Bangor in their Nathaniel MG Cup success over Gresford at the Sudaires Stadium.

Seven players were making their competitive debut for what had to rank as the most cosmopolitan Citizens line-up in the club’s history.

Among the mainly Brazilian and Argentinian contingent were three Welshmen – two who came off the bench in the second half.

Managed by former Barnsley midfielder Hugo Colace, City were on top from the start and took the lead on 17 minutes.

A great cross from Anglesey man Alex Boss fell to Agustin Zicarelli, who volleyed home.

On the half-hour, Brazilian ace Mello took centre stage.

The former midfielder with famous Polish club Ruch Chorzow curled the ball into the top corner from distance to make it 2-0.

Mello doubled his tally early in the second half with fantastic strike from inside the box that flew past the ‘keeper.

Bangor City: Marino Barufaldi, Nicolas Destefanis, Lucas Surber, Ignacio Torres, Federico Tobler, Erosion Dida (Gethin Williams 87), Juan Garcia, Giacomo Mello, Alex Boss (Nicholas Nassini 82), Agustin Zicarelli (Marc Evans 66), Dante Isla.

Buckley Town 2 Colwyn Bay 2
(Bay won 6-5 on penalties)

Mike Williams headed the Bay in front

Shaun Tinsley’s late double forced a tie which looked certain to be heading Bay’s way to penalties.

After coming back from 2-0 down with a pair of goals in the last five minutes, however, Buckley ended up losing the penalty shoot out.

Bay took an early lead when defender Mike Williams headed in a Sion Edwards free kick.

Julian Williams hit the post before the Seagulls went two-up two minutes before the break, Damian Ketley setting up Sion Edwards for the finish.

Bucks won a penalty in the 64th minute, but when Aled Bellis’ kick was saved by Andy Coughlin, it really looked like it was Colwyn’s day.

The home side refused to throw in the towel, though, and in the 85th minute Tinsley converted a Jake Roberts cross at the back post.

Then in added time, Tinsley struck again from a corner and it was straight to pens.

Chris Roberts missed early in the shoot-out for Town, but when Joey Makaruk kept out Jordan Carrington’s effort, it was 4-4 and sudden death.

At 5-5, two-goal hero Tinsley’s attempt was thwarted by Coughlin and Morgan Ashworth stepped up to slot the winning pen.

Conwy Borough 0 Ruthin Town 2

Ruthin Town bosses Hudson and Holmes

Goals from Jamie Cumming and Josh Jones secured a win for Ruthin’s new management team of Philly Hudson and Tommy Holmes in their first competitive game in charge.

Cumming broke the deadlock on 23 minutes with a fabulous strike which gave the home keeper no chance.
Jones made it two four minutes into the second half.

Holyhead Hotspur 1 Llandudno 0

Corey Jones

Corey Jones’ fourth-minute headed goal from a free kick was sufficient to send Darren Garmey’s side through to the next round.

Not the start new Llandudno manager Sean Eardley would have wanted, but his visiting team did respond well to going behind.

Home keeper Carl Jones was forced to produce some fine first-half saves, with Neil Ashton also heading against the bar.

Morgan Owen’s long distance cracker also missed the target by mere inches.

Tudno kept threatening in the second half, Dean Seager, Lee Thomas and Owen all going close, but a battling Holyhead held on for the victory.

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 2 Llangefni Town 2
(Llangefni won 4-3 on penalties)

Curt Williams struck first for Cefni

After taking an early 2-0 lead, Llangefni eventually needed penalties to progress in the Nathaniel MG Cup.

New signing Curt Williams handed the Anglesey side a fourth-minute advantage.

Dion Owen’s cross-field ball found Jake Jones, whose first-time delivery to the far post was headed down by James Saxon and Williams blasted home.

In the 18th minute Andy Sinclair nodded in a Dion Owen corner to double the away tally.

Joe Vaughan pulled one back for the hosts prior to the interval to set up a thrilling second half.

An error from Cefni keeper Steve Sinclair enabled Matthew Jones to level it up on 69 minutes, and with no further goals it went to spot-kicks with the visitors edging it 4-3.

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