North Wales Coast East League: Prestatyn Sports and Llanelwy retain perfect records

Prestatyn Sports striker Ian Griffiths (red) rises with Cernyw keeper Joe Edwards. Picture: DAMON MEAD

NORTH WALES COAST EAST LEAGUE REPORTS OCTOBER 2, 2021

PREMIER DIVISION

Prestatyn Sports 5 Bro Cernyw 1

Ian Griffiths struck twice for Sports as they went five points clear at the Premier Division peak.

John Hargreaves and Sion Williams’ side made it eight straight league wins at the expense of bottom side Cernyw.

The visitors took a surprise early lead when the home defence allowed a long throw into the box to bounce and Ianto Roberts pounced to score.

Griffiths equalised on 26 minutes when a badly-deflected back-pass landed in his path. The striker ran 20 yards into the box, beating the last defender before slotting away coolly.

Sports and Cernyw battle for the ball. Picture: DAMON MEAD

Mike Jones, switched from wing-back to centre-mid, made it 2-1 before half time with a great strike 15 yards out after good link-up play with Darren Cassidy.

From the restart Sports seemed to up a gear and then went 3-1 up in the 58th minute when Griffiths converted a penalty he earned himself.

Substitutions were made by the home side which almost instantly paid off in the 77th minute when one replacement Sam Herd’s great cross was headed in by another new arrival Kris Owen.

Herd added a fifth when he cut in from the left, beating two men and finishing low to the keeper’s right from outside the box.

Managers Hargreaves and Williams said after the game: “Not a vintage Sports performance, the lads will agree with us, but another 3 points and that’s all that matters – 8 in 8.

“Great to see lads play that have been out injured for a while. No-one played badly and everyone got minutes under their belt.”

And a statement from the Cernyw camp: “Bro wish to thank Matt Lewis physio for attending to our injured player who had to be taken off.”

Kinmel Bay 1 Meliden 6

Report: Ron Squire

Fierce goalmouth action from Kinmel Bay (blue) versus Meliden. Picture: BARRY GRIFFITHS

Sam Duffy scored his first goals for Meliden – four of them – as the Miners eventually romped to victory at Kinmel Bay.

The breakthrough came on just three minutes from a Sam Haddon free kick which Josh Wilmot saved, but was unable to hold onto the ball, allowing the unmarked Duffy to hit in the rebound.

Despite heavy rain from this point play flowed and Meliden went two-up when Joe Newell headed in from another Haddon free kick on 16 minutes.

Starting with 10 men, Kinmel did not take this lying down and pushed everything forward in search of a goal.

The pressure paid off when Matty Griffiths made it 2-1 on 25 minutes.

Cory Owen must have thought he had equalised, but Brooklyn Peakman in the Meliden net pulled off a stunning save.

Half-time: Kinmel Bay 1-2 Meliden

Kinmel Bay and Meliden (orange) in combat. Picture: ANTHONY J HARRISON

The 10 men of Kinmel Bay became 11 at the start of the second half, but it was Meliden who began the stronger, Duffy making it 3-1 on 46 minutes.

Duffy completed a hat-trick on 54 minutes when Haddon set him up.

And in the 67th minute Duffy added a fourth, Haddon again the assister.

The sixth and final goal for Gareth Jones’ side came after the ball was cleared upfield from a Kinmel attack.

Duffy made a run at the Bay defence, then laid the ball off to Haddon, who cut in from the left, cheekily chipping over the advancing Wilmot to make it 6-1 on 78 minutes.

Rest of the Premier Division

Llansannan (orange) take on Glan Conwy. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

Four goals in the last 20 minutes earned Llandudno Junction a 5-1 victory at Llanfairfechan Town.

Jack Williams scored the only goal of the first half for the Railwaymen.

Ryan Dodd equalised on 70 minutes and it looked like it could go either way, but then Luke Hughes, Jack Nettleton (2) and Stephen O’Neill all struck in quick succession to complete an away win.

It was a similar story at Llansannan, where Glan Conwy recovered from one-down to record a 4-1 success thanks to three late goals.

Gwion Evans put the home side ahead on 22 minutes and it stayed 1-0 up to half time.

David Sinkinson levelled four minutes into the second period,

In the last seven minutes, Jordan Phillips and a Jamie Jones double secured the result for the away team.

Penmaenmawr Phoenix rose to third with a 3-0 beating of Llandyrnog United, Tom Paddock, Alex Brownhill and Daniel Williams all on target in the first half.

CPD Y Rhyl 1879 maintained their undefeated record and are up to fifth after a 6-2 away victory over neighbours Rhuddlan Town.

Matty Rees handed the hosts an early lead, but Elliott Evans netted twice to turn the tables in Rhyl’s favour by half time.

When Matty Roberts was red carded on 56 minutes for the home side, Rhyl took full advantage of the extra man.

Evans made it a hat-trick from the penalty spot, Zac Tyler-Holland soon added a fourth, and Mike Walsh a fifth, Josh Brown pulled one back, but Ryan Hassett completed the scoring.

DIVISION ONE

Llanelwy Athletic had quite a scare before securing a 10th straight league win after pipping Caer Clwyd 3-2.

Substitute Kallum Darroch bagged the winner four minutes from time after it looked like the visitors may become the first team to take points off Sandy Malone’s side this season.

A Craig Lavery penalty put Clwyd one-up at half time and it was some relief to the hosts when Joel Rowlands equalised three minutes after the break.

Steven Kirk made it 2-1, and Llanelwy had chances to clinch it, but Lavery levelled on 76 minutes to set up a big finish.

Caer Clwyd were not happy with a point and pushed for a winner, but it was the hosts who grabbed the decider in the 86th minute.

Llandudno Amateurs defeated Rhyl All Stars 6-2 in an evening clash at Maesdu Park.

Mike Chapman and Luke Nicholas scored two each for the hosts, Joe Jones and Harry Montgomery adding singles.

Shane Roberts and Harrison Bellis were the All Stars marksmen.

REM JONES CUP

Abergele won a close-fought tie at NFA 4-3.

Greg Hilditch, Dominic Holland, Jimbo Hay and Ant Zoezee bagged the Gele goals, Niall McGuinness (2) and Aaron Green for the hosts.

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