RESULTS AND REPORTS – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
FAW WELSH CUP ROUND THREE
Caernarfon Town 3 Prestatyn Town 0
Colwyn Bay 5 Ruthin Town 1
Conwy Borough 0 The New Saints 1
FAW RESERVE LEAGUE NORTH EAST
Airbus UK Broughton Reserves 4 (Jack Hughes 13, Connor Cox 25, Finley Savage 63, Tyler McManus 68) Rhos Aelwyd Reserves 1 (Sam Baldam 25)
Connah’s Quay Nomads Reserves 4 (Alfie Vaughan 15, William Nash 33, Robbie Jones 72 & 77) Cefn Albion Reserves 1 (Ryan Kershaw 86)
FAW RESERVE LEAGUE NORTH WEST
Llandudno Under-23’s 1 (Dion Lloyd 49) Holywell Town Reserves 3 (Owen Hallmark 68, Jay Wilkes 79, Bailey Roberts 80)
REPORTS – WELSH CUP
Caernarfon Town 3 (Ryan Williams 7, Michael Hayes pen 55, Gruff John 79)
Prestatyn Town 0
No surprise at The Oval where Caernarfon comfortably advanced to the last 16 at the expense of a Prestatyn side which failed to make the most of their goal-scoring chances.
As he did in the last round at Denbigh, Rob Hughes stood out for the Canaries, this time against his former club.
Huw Griffiths’ men thought they had taken an early lead when although Hughes’ shot was saved by the legs of James Coates, Darren Thomas put away the rebound, but was adjudged offside.
In the seventh minute the hosts did edge in front. Hughes swung over a corner and Ryan Williams’ well-placed header went in off the post.
The visitors were only denied an equaliser by a magnificent Jakub Ojrzynski reaction save from a Kai Wallis close range volley.
Mike Hayes should have scored a second for the hosts when he carved himself ample space but dragged a right-foot shot wide of the target.
Into the second half, and a tremendous double save from Coates denied first Hughes and then Thomas.
In the 54th minute, referee Cheryl Foster adjudged Jacob Wise had fouled Aaron Simpson in the box in a firm challenge for a loose ball. Hayes stepped up to rifle the penalty into the roof of the net.
Seasiders danger man Jamie Reed should have pulled one back on the hour, but somehow headed over a gaping goal.
The dazzling Hughes then left defenders standing in a mazy run before slipping a pass to Cai Jones, but Coates blocked at his feet and the rebound would not sit up for the predatory Hayes to finish.
The Cymru Premier hosts settled the tie in the 79th minute when a Gruff John downward header from a Hughes corner made it 3-0.
Prestatyn earned a penalty when Hughes was adjudged to have bundled substitute Charlie Mann over just inside the box, but Reed’s kick sailed woefully over.
Gwion Dafydd missed a late opportunity for a Cofis fourth, miscuing on the volley.
Colwyn Bay 5 (Cai Owen 45+3, Mitch Bryant 51 & 66, Danny Edwards 78, Jack Higgins 90+1)
Ruthin Town 1 (Jamie Cumming 89)
Goals either side of half time put Colwyn Bay in command of a Welsh Cup tie they ended up winning emphatically.
Both sides had chances in a close first half before Cai Owen struck in added time with a left-footed drive.
A minute into the second half Mitch Bryant headed in the second from a Joe Williams assist.
Bryant’s brace came on 65 minutes before Danny Edwards hit the goal of the game with a volley into the top corner,
Ruthin pulled a goal back through Jamie Cumming on 88 minutes, but Jack Higgins came off the bench to score Bay’s fifth from Sion Edwards’ pass.
Seagulls manager Craig Hogg called for improvement following the previous weekend’s 4-1 Cymru North defeat at Airbus.
He was pleased with what he saw against Ruthin, saying: “On the back of last week’s performance and result at Airbus, there was a real desire to improve.
“Both sides had good chances in the first half, but Cai Owen took his goal well just before half-time and we took control after Mitch’s goal just after the break.
“The fitness battle was won in the first half and people got through various energy levels and pain thresholds in the second half to make sure we won the tie.”
Conwy Borough 0
The New Saints 1 (Dean Ebbe 35)
Conwy came within a whisker of forcing a penalty shoot-out at Y Morfa when Conor Davies drew a crucial injury-time save from Saints stopper Connor Roberts.
Holders TNS had failed to build on their 35th minute goal from Dean Ebbe and almost paid the price.
Davies drilled a low shot goalwards and Roberts just managed to fingertip the effort past the post.
From the ensuing corner, there was a desperate scramble in the TNS six-yard box which unfortunately for the Tangerines came to nothing.
In two previous Welsh Cup tussles with Saints, rank outsiders Boro had pushed their illustrious opponents mightily close and the Cymru North hosts did so again.
The visitors almost took the lead when Declan McManus turned superbly in the box but rattled the bar.
Defender Iolo Hughes was then a Conwy hero when he threw himself at an Ebbe shot and managed to block.
The opening goal finally arrived when Ebbe stood unchallenged to nod in a Ryan Brobbel corner. For once, the Conwy marking was not up to standard.
The second half saw plenty of TNS possession and spells of pressure, but the underdogs defended well with keeper Rory Crowther solid.
Davies’ late opportunity was Conwy’s best and had it gone in, things could have ended up so different.
Credit to the hosts, though, for a really fine effort against the full-timers and current Cymru Premier leaders.