Bodedern, Cefn Albion and Mold Alex reach FAW Amateur Trophy quarter-finals

Hat-trick hero Marc Evans celebrates yet another goal for Bodedern. Picture: WYNNE EVANS


BODEDERN ATHLETIC 5 (Thomas 13 & 86; Evans 17, 79 & 80)
BERRIEW 3 (Williams 20, Baker 29, Haycock 62)

Dynamic duo Marc Evans and Asa Thomas scored all five between them to send Bodedern into the FAW Trophy quarter-finals after an eight-goal thriller at Cae Ty Cristion this afternoon.

The Anglesey side stormed into an early two-goal lead, but tier 3 Berriew from the Ardal North East League hit back to go 3-2 up only for Ricky Williams’ islanders to turn the tables by scoring three times in the closing minutes.

Leading the way again were Evans and Thomas, who netted three and two respectively to boost their totals for the season up to 25 goals apiece.

Athletic manager Williams was delighted with the result, but had mixed feelings on the performance.

An overjoyed Asa Thomas (right) celebrates a goal with his team-mates. Picture: WYNNE EVANS

“It wasn’t vintage Boded by far, but we got the job done,” he said. “I thought they started well, but we grabbed 2 good goals. They then came into their own and drew level by half time.

“I thought in the second half we were the best side by far but got caught on the counter and went 3-2 down. This woke us up and we started playing.

“We looked a threat with every attack and Jordan Taylor’s perfectly-executed cross-field ball was finished with aplomb by Loggs (Marc Evans).

“Loggs then charged down their centre half and got his body in the way of his clearance to score.

“Then Asa scored with a superb finish as he chipped the keeper from a near impossible angle. Overall a good win in terrible conditions. We look forward to Monday’s draw.”

Other North Wales sides in Monday’s draw for the quarter-finals will be 2018-19 Trophy winners Cefn Albion and Mold Alexandra – both of tier 3.

Marc Evans uses his predatory instincts to add another goal for Bodedern. Picture: WYNNE EVANS

Also in the hat will be Monmouth Town (tier 3), Baglan Dragons (South Wales Alliance Premier Division – T4), Ynyshir Albion (T3), Rockspur Fords (Swansea Senior League Division 1 – T5) and Pontyclun (T3).

Boded had won 14 of their 15 matches in all competitions this season before today but endured a lively start from the Powys visitors.

The hosts settled and Thomas put them one-up on 13 minutes.

Evans doubled the lead on 17, but Berriew responded with a Jack Williams goal after 20.

It was the first goal Bodedern had conceded in the Trophy this season, having netted 27 times themselves without reply.

The visitors now had their tails up and Edward Baker made it 2-2 in the 29th minute.

Boded won a penalty before half time, but Casey Boylan failed to take the chance.

Joe Haycock put the Rhiewsiders 3-2 up in the 62nd minute, but the hosts were far from finished.

Asa Thomas scores from a tight angle for Bodedern. Picture: WYNNE EVANS

Evans made it three-apiece and in no time completed his hat-trick with Athletic’s fourth.

Thomas clinched the tie with a great finish from an impossible-looking angle before the whistle.

Bodedern’s record in all comps now stands at: Won 15 Lost 1 Goals scored 82 Goals conceded 16. Evans and Thomas have notched 50 of those 82 goals between them.

MOLD ALEXANDRA 2 (Nash 19, Doherty 45+1)
LLANDUDNO ALBION 2 (J Williams 24, Maddock 32)
(Mold won 3-1 on penalties)

Goalkeeper Elliot Quinlan was Mold’s chief hero as he saved three penalties – one in the game and two in a dramatic penalty shoot-out – to send Michael Cunningham’s side into the quarter-finals.

This all-Ardal North West round five tie at Alyn Park saw the hosts take a 19th minute lead through Rhyss Nash.

Rhyss Nash scored Mold’s opener

Jack Williams equalised in the 24th minute, club record scorer Dave Maddock put the visitors 2-1 up, but Dom Doherty made it all-square in first half added time.

There were no further goals in the second half, Quinlan making sure Albion did not take the lead again by saving from the spot.

So it was down to penalties, and Quinlan’s two stops proved crucial as Mold won the shoot-out 3-1.

Heartbreak for Albion, who reached the 2019-20 final, only for the game against Penydarren BGC not to take place due to Covid.

CEFN ALBION 3 (A Williams 12, Latham 52, Kendrick 87)

Holders Cefn Albion marched on to the last eight of the 2021-22 FAW Amateur Trophy with a hard-fought home win over Llannefydd of the tier 4 North Wales Coast East Premier Division.

The third-tier Ardal North East hosts took a 12th minute lead through Alex Williams and it remained 1-0 up to half time.

Seven minutes into the second half, the prolific Mike Latham doubled the Cefn lead in this tie played in atrocious conditions.

Mike Latham graphic from when he signed for Cefn Albion

Latham was shown a red card on 70 minutes, but the home team did not suffer too much from having to see out the game with 10 men.

In the 87th minute, Leighton Kendrick made sure of progression with goal number three for the Trophy winners of 2018-19 (no competition has been completed since, so the cup remains in Albion’s grasp).

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