NORTH WALES COAST EAST DIVISION ONE REPORTS – AUGUST 28
NFA 1 (Davies 48)
Llysfaen 3 (Sheridan 8, 31 & 50)
After almost seven weeks out injured Llysfaen striker Sean Sheridan returned to action in style with a hat-trick to sink Rhyl hosts NFA.
Emlyn Robert Jones’ side were denied the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Division One title by the slimmest of margins in 2019-20 when NFA took the crown.
The teams never actually met that season, which was curtailed in March 2020 due to the worldwide pandemic.
So Saturday brought the first ever clash between the teams and Llysfaen no doubt will have felt better after the outcome. Revenge had taken some time to exact.
As for Sheridan, it was a spectacular comeback for the man who netted 31 goals in just 18 matches that 2019-20 campaign.
Further good news for Llysfaen was Brandon Luffman made the bench after eight weeks out, injuring himself after scoring against Rhos United on the opening day of the season.
Saturday’s encounter at Rhyl saw the visitors take an early lead.
After forcing a corner Jake Reynolds swung the ball in from the right-hand side and found Sheridan, who leaped higher than anyone to head home.
Just three minutes later Llysfaen thought they had scored again. Another corner from the same side, again by Reynolds was sent in. The keeper fumbled the ball after being pushed by his own defender by the near post, scoring an own goal. However, the referee had deemed it a Llysfaen player doing the pushing and disallowed the goal.
In the 31st minute, Llysfaen had the cushion they wanted.
Connor Morris received the ball deep in his own half before marauding forward. He sent a defence-splitting pass into the path of Sheridan who, still with work to do, hit a shot which keeper Stephen Robinson got a hand to, but could not prevent finding the net.
NFA caught Llysfaen napping after the break and scored almost straight away from the kick-off.
A long diagonal ball over to the visitors’ left wasn’t dealt with quickly enough and former Llysfaen junior player Morgan Davies beat his old team-mate James Roberts in goal to pull the scoreline back to 2-1.
In the 50th minute Llysfaen were two goals ahead once more.
The impressive Dan Batey received the ball deep in NFA territory. He found Sheridan on the edge of the box with his back to goal. Sheridan turned to his left-hand side, made some room and belted the ball home for his hat-trick.
Both keepers produced good saves before the end.
Winning manager Emlyn Robert Jones said: “Pleased with the win under tough conditions, with it being so hot and the pitch being so tough to play on.
“I thought as soon as we scored the goal we always seemed in control of the game and when NFA pulled one back at the start of the second half we just knew when we needed to go through the gears.
“It wasn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination, but I thought we dictated the game well, let them have possession when we felt comfortable off the ball.
“The lads deserved the win, it was tough to keep emotions out of the game after what happened with the league last season but that put one of two things to bed for me personally.”
Rest of the Division
Rhyl Dragons took the honours 3-1 at Rhyl All Stars.
Dean Hughes. a Jacob Jones own goal and Richard Hill penalty put the visitors in total command before Harrison Bellis replied from the spot.
Joey Fontana scored five goals for CPD Y Glannau in their 8-0 drubbing of Betws-y-Coed.
Joshua McGillivray, a Kyle Hanks own goal and Zak Hughes net-finder completed the scoring.
CPD Caer Clwyd defeated Penrhyn Bay Dragons 4-2.
Jason Hession, Craig Lavery, who also provided two assists, Keiran Kendrick and Daniel Williams were the home marksmen, Jonah Jackson and Scott Kearney responding.
Henllan will have been delighted at pipping Llandudno Amateurs 3-2 at Top Park.
John Owen and Alex Ballard (2) ensured the hosts finished victorious, Chris Smyth and Mike Chapman hitting back for the Amateurs.
Llanelwy Athletic made it seven straight wins with a 2-1 verdict at Rhos United.
Dan Price bagged both for Sandy Malone’s charges, Scott Court netting for the hosts.