Ardal North East reports – Saturday, September 18
Corwen 5 (Day 37 & 86; Cordiner 45 & 51; S Evans 59)
Berriew 4 (Haycock 15, 87 & 90+8 pen; Baker 22)
Report: Gavin Billington
Corwen will no doubt be missing – hopefully for not too long – their War Memorial Park home, but the first match at their temporary base was an absolute corker.
The 3G at Maes Tegid, Bala, staged a thrilling encounter which saw Berriew lead 2-0, Corwen rally to go 5-2 up, then the visitors mounted a late revival, which included a missed penalty, only to lose 5-4 in a nine-goal stormer.
The deadlock was broken by the visitors on the quarter-hour as Joseph Haycock picked the ball up on the wing before cutting inside and pinging a shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.
The away side doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute as Edward Baker found the back of the net.
On 37, Corwen halved the deficit as they pressed the Berriew defence and Kevin Day ran into a crowded box before powering a shot beyond keeper Ryan Edkins.
In first half stoppage time Ryan Billington intercepted a pass before playing a quick one-two with Owen Cordiner and running 40 yards with the ball. Billington then delivered a left-footed cross into the box, where Cordiner hit a first time volley into the back of the net for surely a candidate for goal of the season.
The goal proved to be the last kick of the half. Half-time: 2-2.
After the break, Billington played in Scott Evans whose shot was parried by Edkins, but he was helpless as the ball fell to Cordiner, who made no mistake as he gave his side the lead.
Corwen made it 4-2 on the hour. Billington passed the ball to Scott Evans, who went for goal with a half-volley from distance which went over the Berriew keeper and into the back of the net.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Berriew’s William Morgan saw his free kick headed clear, sparking a Corwen counter attack, which ended when Scott Evans brought a good save out of Edkins.
In the 84th minute a cross was played into the Corwen box, where Morgan ghosted past the defence to collect the ball and go for goal, but he could only bring a save out of David Walsh, who started a home side break, which came to fruition when Day placed the ball into the back of the net.
All over surely? Not quite. In the 87th minute Berriew put a quick move together, which saw a shot hit the crossbar and headed home by Haycock for 5-3.
The goal sparked a flurry of action, as the visitors hit the post before being awarded a 90th minute penalty. Craig Pearce was given the responsibility, but Walsh, who had faced six penalties in the shoot-out against Chirk AAA the week before, did not need to make a save as the ball smashed against the bar.
Into the ninth minute of stoppage time, Haycock completed his hat-trick with a good finish and cut Corwen’s lead to one.
However, his side ran out of time to complete a comeback and salvage a point from a breathtaking game.
Rest of the Ardal North East action
Cefn Albion took the honours 4-2 at Kerry.
Alex Williams hit a hat-trick and Jimmy Jones added a fourth for the unbeaten visitors, Tai Jones and Daryl McWatt replying.
Three 1-0 home victories – Rhos Aelwyd pipped Machynlleth, Ian Hughes the 78th minute goalscorer, Joshua Lenc netted the 79th minute decider for Welshpool Town against Bow Street and Liam Jaques did the necessary in the 31st minute to guide Penparcau to victory over Penycae.
Leaders Llanfair United triumphed 4-2 at Four Crosses, Josh Astley with his 18th and 19th league goals of the season – 25 in all competitions – plus singles from Nyasha Mwamuka and Max McLaughlin sealing the points, Adam Oliver and Ben Simms for the Foxen Manor hosts.
Dolgellau AA whipped Carno 4-0, Gerwyn Williams, Jake Jones (2) and Dave Edwards (pen) with the goals.