North Wales Coast East League Division One REM Jones Cup reports: wins for Llanelwy, Rhos, Llysfaen, Rhyl Dragons and Rhyl All Stars

Joel Rowlands (red – pictured here playing for Denbigh) scored five times for Llanelwy Athletic against Llandudno Amateurs. Picture: ROY GUNTHER


Llanelwy Athletic 7 (Joel Rowlands 18, 63, 72, 79 & 88, Gary Fazackerley 21, Steve Kirk 90+5)
Llandudno Amateurs 4 (Mike Chapman 1, Chris Smyth 4, Sol Pita 33, Chris Snow OG 90)

Trailing 3-2 at half time, a depleted Llanelwy put the Amateurs to the sword with a five-goal salvo in the second period.

The ball over the top into the wings caused early problems for the hosts, but a better managed second half allowed the home side to look the more fluent.

Nineteen-year-old Joel Rowlands was on fire for Llanelwy, easily man of the match after netting five times.

Gary Fazackerley and Steve Kirk also scored for the home team.

Mike Chapman and Chris Smyth handed the visitors an early two-goal lead and Sol Pita made it 3-2 at half time.

Amateurs’ only second-half success as a Chris Snow own goal.

Llanelwy manager Sandy Malone said: “I thought that the first half was diabolical. It may have been busy but zero consistency of football was played.

“The ball over the top hit our full backs hard and we really never dealt with it too well. We dropped and gave them space in the middle of the park and their attacking line were a handful.

“For me it was about telling the lads what I thought at half time and fair play to them they played more, not tremendously like I would have liked, however more than enough to go and be in more control in the second half.

“We know we missed a few starters but I think if we look at it on a team sheet my lads have done well.

“To put 7 goals by anyone you need to find ways to score but you need a quality for that to happen. We have that going forward and we proved that.

“We were at our weakest, let’s make no mistake about it, and still netted 7 and managed the game better in the second half, so that’s a positive.

“I won’t be deluded on performances; I won’t feed my lads that type of false feedback. We are where we are at the moment based on values like that. Long, long way to go, one game at a time.”

Llanelwy’s new shirts carry an important message

Llanelwy Athletic are proud to show off their new home kit along with training tops carrying an important message.

The green home shirts are sponsored by Lakeland Verandas and were worn for the first time on Saturday. Llanelwy’s second kit is sponsored by North Wales Auctions and House Clearance.

The club has pooled its own resources to buy black training tops promoting the promise “be kind to yourself & never give up”.

This is in support of Mental Health Awareness.

“During times of isolation and the pandemic, mental health has never been more important,” said the club.

“We have many sufferers football and non-football related. The message is never give up.”

Rhos United 5 (Lee Sealey 2 & 63, Adam Noble 44 & 56, Phemmy Allison 75)
Y Glannau 1 (Chris Rogers 90)

Phemmy Allison (red and black) made it 5-0. Picture: R T Photography

Rhos would probably admit they have recorded too many draws this season, but they put that right on Saturday.

In their first cup match of the season, Bret Durkan’s side convincingly defeated Y Glannau 5-1.

Two minutes into the game came the first goal, with some beautiful football being played then a pinpoint curling shot from Lewis Sealey finding the bottom corner, Adam Noble with the assist.

After a few good saves from Glannau keeper Bradley Wright, the hosts finally got their second goal a minute before the break.

Tom Edgley’s throw-in near to the corner flag saw Tom Brady pick up the ball and flick to the edge of the box where Noble struck it first time into the net.

In the 56th minute, after some good high pressing, Noble stole possession from the visitors’ back-line, ran through on goal and slotted past the keeper.

Sealey added his second with another calm finish, Matt Christie laying on the goal.

Then on 75 minutes, Phemmy Allison found himself with space on the edge of the box, kept his composure and curled a brilliant shot around the keeper to make it 5-0.

Chris Rogers grabbed a late consolation for Y Glannau.

Winning manager Durkan said: “Brilliant performance today, attacking football was lovely to watch. We scored 5 brilliant goals and in truth we could have had more if not for some good saves from the Glannau keeper.

“Defensively we were solid throughout the whole team, maintaining a good team shape and winning the ball back quickly. It was also good to be in a position to give some lads some game time. We have a very competitive squad now and the lads that came in today all showed their quality.”

Rhyl All Stars 3 (Harrison Bellis pen 37, Joe Smith 56 & 68)
CPD Henllan 0

Harrison Bellis was on the mark again

A much-needed win lifted the spirits of the All Stars and their manager Rob Cunnah.

A fairly even first half saw the hosts take a 1-0 lead into the break after a Harrison Bellis penalty.

There followed an excellent second half performance from the home side, with Joe Smith bagging a brilliant brace to guide the team into the next round.

Smith was man of the match, while assists were provided by Matt Pleavin and Aaron Dodwell.

Penrhyn Bay Dragons 1 (Jack Kearney 24)
Llysfaen 2 (Alec Jones 19, Jake Reynolds 45+3)

All the goals came in the first half of this tie at Eirias Park.

Alec Jones nudged Llysfaen ahead, Jack Kearney equalised, but Jake Reynolds notched the winner in overtime at the end of the opening period.

Brandon Luffman was sent off for a second yellow midway through the second half for the visitors, but Emlyn Robert Jones’ side held on for the win.

CPD Caer Clwyd 2 (David Wilkins pen 78, Connor Lavery 87)
Rhyl Dragons 4 (Barry Roche 15, Adam Cassidy 35, 50 & 85)

Veteran striker Adam Cassidy proved his class again as a front man with a hat-trick for the ever-improving Dragons.

Cassidy, a prolific marksman over the years, showed he still retains that finishing magic with goals on 35, 50 and 85 minutes.

Barry Roche also scored for the visitors, striking first on 15 minutes.

Caer Clwyd were off-colour on the day, their consolation goals coming via a David Wilkins penalty and Connor Lavery.

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