Welsh Cup: Llysfaen celebrate heroic win, Rhyl 1879 hit double figures

Alec Jones heads in Llysfaen’s famous winner. Photo: IAN ASHTON

Llysfaen 2 (Morris 31, Jones 40)
Gwalchmai 1 (Sinnott 30)
JD Welsh Cup round one – July 9, 2021

Tier 5 heroes Llysfaen won their first-ever Welsh Cup tie at the expense of tIer 4 visitors Gwalchmai.

Despite having to contend with a long injury and unavailability list, Emlyn Robert Jones’ underdogs found a way to win at Llanelian Road, Colwyn Bay.

The first chance fell to Llysfaen after 12 minutes. After winning a throw in well into Gwalchmai’s half, the ball found its way to Sean Sheridan whose crisp low shot was easily dealt with by keeper Emyr Jones.

The breakthrough came after 30 minutes – and it was the Anglesey visitors who drew first blood.

After Llysfaen’s bright start Gwalchmai had built momentum and had started to put the hosts on the back foot. A low drilled cross from the left saw Nathan Sinnott connect to make it 1-0.

The lead was short-lived. Gwalchmai’s keeper dealt poorly with a back pass allowing Connor Morris in to equalise.

On 41 minutes the North Wales Coast East Division One side were in front.

Jake Reynolds sent over a corner and skipper Alec Jones leapt higher than everyone to send his bullet header into the back of the net.

Half-time: 2-1

Gwalchmai began the second half strongly but the hosts held firm.

Sheridan almost scored for Llysfaen after finding space behind opposition lines, but after a jinking run his effort hit the side-netting.

Jay Jones then nodded home from close range for the home team, but the flag was raised after Morris was adjudged offside in the build up.

Gwalchmai also had a goal ruled out for offside and Llysfaen were to hold on for a famous win.

Winning manager Jones said: “I am absolutely over the moon that we have progressed into the next round of the cup.

“The club has had a hard couple of weeks, losing players left, right and centre to injury, having two really tough games against title challengers in the space of three days before playing a higher-tiered side, all in the space of 6 days.

“What I have asked my lads to do is nothing short of incredible. They showed heart, determination, grit, balls and true desire. To a man everyone put themselves on the line and I can’t begin to describe how proud I am of these lads and how far this football club has come on.

Llysfaen players salute their fans at the end. Picture: IAN ASHTON

“Gone are the days where teams line up to put double figures on us, gone are the days where we are the whipping boys of the league and gone are the days where people don’t take us seriously anymore.

“We fully deserved the win today, we really did. It wasn’t about the performance, it was about getting the job done and we certainly did that. Thank you to everyone that came to support us, clapping the fans at the end, especially after this week felt amazing.”

CPD Y Rhyl 1879 10 (Carl Lamb 2, 8, 10, 23, 65; Mike Walsh 4, Macauley Taylor pen 13, Reece Fairhurst 35, Chris Bennett 49, Elliot Evans 56)
Rhyl Dragons 0

Carl Lamb scored five times – including a hat-trick in the first 10 minutes – as 1879 hit double-figures against fellow town side the Dragons at Belle Vue.

Respect for the Dragons, though, who are a brand new side and from a lower level.

They will have better days than this and will rarely come up against such strong opposition in the season ahead.

Lamb struck in the second minute from a rebound after his first effort was saved, then after four Mike Walsh lashed home a beautiful long range strike.

In the eighth minute an 1879 rocket smacked the bar, the keeper failed to gather and Lamb took the ball, back-to-goal. turned and scored with ease.

Lamb completed a rapid hat-trick when his header came back off the woodwork and he put away the loose ball.

Macauley Taylor converted a penalty to make it 5-0 after just 13 minutes.

Lamb then nodded home a cross from the right and before half time Reece Fairhurst had slammed in another from inside the box.

Close range finishes in the second half from Chris Bennett, Elliot Evans and Lamb completed the scoring.

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