Ardal North East: Chirk, Corwen, Penycae, Cefn Albion all win, Rhos Aelwyd draw

Chirk (red) on the ball against Welshpool. Picture: CHAS ROWLAND

LOCK STOCK ARDAL NORTH EAST – REPORTS AUGUST 28 & 29

Chirk AAA 4 (Matty Thomas 24, Ryan Davies 34, Jake Simms 56, Tom Faithfull 90+5)
Welshpool Town 0

Ardal North East leaders Chirk made it a perfect six wins from as many games with a comfortable victory over Welshpool Town at Holyhead Road.

Andy Pryde and James Williams’ side led 2-0 at half time courtesy of goals from the prolific Matty Thomas and a 34th minute effort from Ryan Davies.

The Colliers remained in control in the second half, Jake Simms making it three on 56 minutes before Tom Faithfull completed the job deep into injury time.

Carno 2 (Joshua Mathews 29 & 61)
Corwen 4 (Tom Williams 31, Kevin Day 54, Owen Cordiner 58 & 79)
Report and photos: Gavin Billington

Tom Williams (red) scored Corwen’s first

Impressive Corwen made it four wins from five in the Ardal North East with a fine result at Ty Brith Field.

The visitors were playing down the slope in the first half and James Davies tried his luck with a shot from the centre circle, which caused goalkeeper Oliver Lewis to scramble back to his goal-line, where he saw the ball clip the bar and land on the roof of the net.

At the other end Corwen failed to clear their lines, allowing Joshua Mathews to collect the ball and get through on goal, but he blasted his shot over the bar.

A few minutes later Mathews got his head on to the end of a good cross, forcing a super save out of goalkeeper James Mallon.

On 27 minutes Corwen’s Tom Williams got within shooting range and went for goal, but his attempt was saved by Lewis.

The deadlock was broken by Carno two minutes later as Tyler McCarthy played the ball to Mathews, whose shot went beyond the reach of Mallon. A minute later Mathews threatened again, but was this time denied by Mallon.

Corwen levelled when Tom Williams beat the offside trap to get one-on-one with Lewis, rounded the custodian and slotted into the back of the unguarded net.

A minute before the break Liam Rimmer was bearing down on the Corwen goal, but he was prevented from getting a shot away after being put under pressure by Callum Cross, however the ball made its way to Joe Morris, who netted, but his joy was short-lived as he had strayed offside.

Half-time: 1-1

Corwen emerged from the traps quickly in the second half as Kel Davies clipped the post with a low shot.

A real turning point came in the 54th minute, when Rimmer brought Corwen’s Owen Cordiner down in the penalty area, resulting in referee Gwyn Edwards not only pointing to the spot, but also giving the Carno man his marching orders for a second yellow.

From the penalty kick Kevin Day sent Lewis the wrong way to give Corwen the lead.

Four minutes later Corwen hit their hosts with a lightning quick move, where a great cross from Kel Davies was headed home by Cordiner for 3-1.

The deficit was halved in spectacular fashion in the 61st minute when Mathews brilliantly hit an angled shot into the far corner of the net.

On 79 minutes, Corwen restored their two-goal cushion when Andrew Roberts found Cordiner, who looped the ball over Lewis and onto the underside of the bar, from where it bounced behind the line and went away from goal.

The assistant referee was in the correct place to see the ball had gone in and waved his flag to award the goal.

Penycae 7 (Jaden Jones 15, Michael Parry 21, Gary Evans 45+1, Brandon Edwards 61 & 62, Joshua Mazzarella 77 & 84)
Kerry 1 (Bobby Richards 18)

Penycae battle with Kerry. Picture: CHAS ROWLAND

Brandon Edwards and substitute Joshua Mazzarella both delivered doubles in the second half to ensure Penycae whipped up a magnificent seven at home to struggling Kerry.

The hosts were in a strong position at the break, leading 3-1 thanks to goals from Jaden Jones, Michael Parry and Gary Evans in first half injury time.

Bobby Richards did manage to pull the visitors level on 18 minutes, but that was as good as it got for them.

REST OF THE LEAGUE ROUND-UP

Alex Williams notched the only goal as Cefn Albion won 1-0 at Dolgellau AA, but in truth the score could have been much more emphatic in the visitors’ favour.

James Haynes nabbed a late equaliser for Rhos Aelwyd in a 1-1 draw at Bow Street, who led through Steffan Richards’ 38th minute strike.

Josh Astley netted twice, including a penalty, for Llanfair United in a narrow 2-1 success at home to Caersws, William Thomas responding.

Machynlleth overcame Four Crosses 4-2 to record a first win of the campaign.

Callum Page (2), Dylan Benjamin and Josh Ferreira shared the Mach net-finders, Luke Jones and Louis Morris the away scorers.

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