NWCFA JUNIOR CUP ROUND TWO REPORTS – NOVEMBER 20
CPD Caer Clwyd 4
(AET – Llanfairpwll won 4-2 on pens)
What an epic tie it proved to be at Maes Eilian with hosts Llanfairpwll advancing to the quarter-finals on penalties.
Both sides deserved huge credit for laying on such a cracker, the North Wales Coast West Division One hosts and East Division One visitors playing out of their skins.
While there were heroes on both sides, Llanfair keeper Huw Shaw deserves special mention for saving twice in the penalty shoot-out.
Dan Williams opened the scoring for visitors on 12 minutes, but a double from Marquis Holland on 22 and 26, the first a spot-kick, put the Anglesey side in front.
Holland also missed a penalty in the first half, which arrived with a 2-1 scoreline.
The second half came to life on 74 minutes when David Wilkins levelled the tie.
Jay Finter looked to have won it for ‘Pwll when he netted in the 90th minute, but in added time John Wood set up Keiran Kendrick to make it three-apiece.
Extra time was needed and Finter restored the home lead in the 100th minute, but a Wilkins penalty in the second period ensured it ended 4-4 after 120.
Cian Owen, Robat Williams, Holland and Finter all converted their spot-kicks for the islanders, while Shaw’s two saves ensured Gwyndaf Hughes and Danny Connolly’s men advanced to the last eight.
Bethesda Athletic 5
Llandudno Amateurs 1
Awesome Bethesda proved they are definitely one of the teams to beat in this competition as they swept aside their visitors from Llandudno.
Joe Todd, Adrian Roberts, Mike Lundstram, Tomos Hughes and Dan Hughes scored one apiece for Pesda, Mike Chapman responding.
A fantastic win for Anglesey side Bodorgan at the expense of their Caernarfon-area hosts.
Osian Jones, Steven Jones and Keenan Latham booked the islanders a last-eight berth, Osian McGuinness converting a penalty for Bont.
CPD Mountain Rangers 1
CPD Llannerchymedd 1
(AET – Llannerchymedd won 4-2 on pens)
There are quite a few places and points between these teams in North Wales Coast West Division One, but underdogs Rangers pushed title challengers Llannerchymedd all the way before going out on penalties.
Alex Philp’s home side started brightly, Osian Hughes-Jones shooting high over the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat from 10 yards.
Medd’s experienced keeper Kenny Hughes’ hands were stung by a powerful shot from Gavin Owen as Rangers continued to press.
The away team had half-chances during the opening period, but Rangers back-line kept them to a minimum.
The breakthrough came in the 57th minute, Llannerchymedd taking the lead when a low cross was prodded home by Stefan Bulkeley.
Rangers needed a goal to take the game to extra time and it happened in the 95th minute when a clearance was charged down by Aled Wyn Rice and the ball looped over Hughes and into the net.
In foggy conditions, extra time produced no more goals.
Medd defender Tomos Jones was shown a red card for a foul on Rice when he was through on goal.
With the visitors down to 10 men, Rangers had two attempts from free kicks, one from Josh Hughes hitting the bar.
So it was down to pens and Llannerchymedd scored all theirs, while Rangers crucially missed twice.
Rhyl All Stars 1
A long trip for Llanystumdwy delivered reward after they progressed at Rhyl following extra time.
Mark Godfrey and Darren Parry were on target for Sion Parry’s side, who were below their best on the day.
All Stars had taken the lead early in the second half through Will Smith.
Talysarn Celts 5
Llanelwy Athletic 1
Great win for Talysarn Celts, who are among the six of eight North Wales Coast West Division One teams already into the quarter-finals.
And Cemaes Bay, also of Division One, could join them and make it seven if they beat Rhos United this weekend in the one remaining second round tie.
Taking on strong opponents, Talysarn were outstanding, Jack Usher (2), Jac Jones, Luke Baum and an own goal making up the home tally, Joel Rowlands with the sole reply from Llanelwy.
Rhyl Dragons 3
CPD Henllan 3
(AET – Henllan won 3-1 on pens)
Henllan are the only North Wales Coast East Division One side into the quarters so far following a thrilling penalties success at Rhyl Dragons on Saturday.
Chris Bower and Sam Davies put the visitors two-up at half time, but Dragons forced another half-hour after Danny Williams and Dale Lewis hit back, the latter in added time.
Stephen Davies made it 3-2 Henllan in the first period of extra time, but Kelvin Berks levelled it to force pens and the away side came out on top.
This match was reported on in much more detail by Grassroots North Wales on Saturday.