NORTH WALES COAST EAST DIVISION ONE REPORTS
Rhyl All Stars 3 Penrhyn Bay Dragons 2
Liam Brown’s last-gasp winner secured a thrilling win for All Stars who maintained their unbeaten record at the expense of Penrhyn Bay.
The hosts received an early blow when striker Harrison Bellis came off with a nasty-looking facial injury after a collision with keeper Callum Nellist.
Despite that only five minutes later Ross Williams slotted home to put greens in front.
More misfortune for Robert Cunnah’s side on the half-hour when captain James Harrison also had to leave the field injured.
Now unsettled, the hosts went off the boil and Dragons started to threaten, only the heroics of keeper Ryan Bennett preventing an equaliser before the break.
All Stars recomposed themselves and came out powerfully for the second half.
In the 49th minute Matt Pleavin picked the ball up about 20 yards out with his back to goal, turned a defender and fired beautifully into the net.
The hosts were now in control and created enough chances to put the game to bed, but none were taken.
Dragons rallied and in the 75th minute a game of pinball in the box following a free kick resulted in Harry Owen halving the arrears.
The visitors now had the bit between their teeth and in the 87th minute Solomon Dickens made it all-square.
The greens knew it was all or nothing now and piled on the pressure.
They won a free kick on the edge of the box out wide on the left. Nick Sanders played a lovely ball in, Michael Bellis controlled and fed Brown, who smashed home from six yards.
Following the goal Dragons keeper Nellist had a moment to forget. What appeared to be an incident of ungentlemanly conduct towards the referee led to a red card and the final whistle went.
Winning manager Cunnah said: “In our only previous season we got a total of 7 points after 14 games – we have now equalled that after 3 games. It just shows how far this team has come.”
Betws-y-Coed 0 Llandudno Amateurs 7
Mike Chapman struck four times as the Amateurs hit a magnificent seven at Betws.
In all truth, it should have been double-figures for the visitors.
After many missed chances, the Amateurs finally found the breakthrough on 15 minutes.
Sol Pita’s cross-come-shot from the right beat the keeper at the far post to make it 1-0.
On 27 minutes Pita made it a double – his left foot sliced effort finding the far corner.
Chapman then got in on the act. Lewis Appleton sent a free kick into the box from wide left, and an excellent first touch from Brad Roberts set up Chapman, whose first time strike on the half-volley flew past the keeper.
The second half saw Chapman add three more, a Dan Spruce own goal making up the seven.
Caer Clwyd 1 Abergele 6
James Hay and Dom Holland netted two each for the visitors, Ant Zoezee and Jack McDougall also on target.
Joel Rowlands notched Clwyd’s sole reply.
Rhos United 1 CPD Cerrigydrudion 1
All-square at Brookfield Drive.
Rhos got off to a dream start, controlling the early play and then in the third minute Adam Noble played a ball behind the visitors back-line for Tom Brady.
Brady then found the net after a couple of ricochets between himself and the away defence.
After 25 minutes the visitors equalised during a rare passage of pressure where Rhos failed to clear their lines.
Matt Christie brought an opponent down in the box and the referee awarded a penalty, Gavin Lewis produced a fine save but could do nothing about the rebound that followed, Tomos Tryfan Jones making it one-apiece.
Rhos continued to be the better team for most of the second half, but Cerrig defended well and the winning goal eluded the hosts.