CPD Porthmadog 1 (Josh Davies 78)
Flint Town United 3 (Kyle Smith 27, Paul McManus 90, Joe Palmer 90+5)
Huws Gray Alliance – March 5, 2016
A goal on the stroke of the 90 and another deep into injury time earned the three points for Flint but Port will rue missed chances in the opening 20 minutes, a missed penalty and a rash tackle, all of which contributed to their failure to get anything out of the game.
On the balance of play a share of the points would have been a fair result and that appeared to be the likely outcome until Flint’s late, late show.
For the neutral this was a really good game of football between two teams set up to play a passing game.
Flint had an early opportunity from a corner but Paul McManus headed over.
The next 25 minutes saw Port on top. Jamie McDaid latched on to a poor clearance, drove forward into the box and was unlucky to see his curling shot strike the outside of the post.
Just three minutes on and McDaid was involved again with Cai Jones meeting his dangerous cross but the header drifted wide.
Ceri James, influential in midfield, supplied Cai Jones who shot over the bar from 18 yards and later an Iwan Lewis effort from the same distance had a similar result before Eilir Edwards broke into the box but his low strike also failed to hit the target.
Having weathered these early attacks Flint pushed forward and Jack Abraham, cutting in from the right, forced debutant keeper Paul Whitfield into a good save. Port were then punished for their lack of finishing when Kyle Smith raced on to a good through ball, getting in behind the home defence to net with a low shot across the keeper.
Minutes later Smith went close to a second.
Half-time: Porthmadog 0-1 Flint
Early in the second period Eilir Edwards crossed from the left but Cai Jones’s header was wide of the target.
A period of Flint pressure followed with Smith hitting the post with a good effort.
In the 59th minute, Port spurned a golden opportunity to get back on level terms. Iwan Lewis was brought down just inside the box by full-back Joe Culshaw and referee Michael Gray pointed to the spot.
Diving to his right keeper Ross Dalton pulled off an excellent save to keep out McDaid’s kick.
Following this miss Port redoubled their efforts and Julian Williams was only inches from the equaliser when he slid in on to Gwydion Ifan’s excellent far post cross but somehow the ball stayed out after hitting the inside of the post.
Sub Williams went close before eventually the pressure paid off for Port.
It was another sub, Josh Davies, with his first touch after coming on, who turned in Julian Williams’ cross to level the scores.
Following this, play was end to end, and Whitfield saved well to deny Anthony Dunleavy, while Silkmen stopper Dalton thwarted Cai Jones’ angled shot.
Then on the stroke of full time Flint took advantage of a rash tackle with McManus striking the resultant free kick over the wall and into the corner of the net.
Then in the fifth minute of added time, with Port searching for an equaliser, they were caught on the break and sub Joe Palmer netted to seal the honours.
PORTHMADOG: Paul Whitfield, Gruff Williams, Josh Banks, Steve Bratt (Gwydion Ifan 46), Iddon Price, Stuart Rogers, Iwan Lewis, Ceri James (Josh Davies 76), Eilir Edwards (Julian Williams 60), Cai Jones, Jamie McDaid.
FLINT: Ross Dalton, Joe Culshaw, John Hill, Russ Courtney (Phil Clark 43), John Davies, Craig Jones, Jack Abraham, Abe Dobson (Anthony Dunleavy 77), Kyle Smith (Joe Palmer 90), Paul McManus, Simon Thelwell.