North Wales Coast League East Division One – January 8, 2022
Abergele 2 Llanelwy Athletic 2
CPD Caer Clwyd 7 Rhos United 1
Llandudno Amateurs 4 CPD Y Glannau 2
Caer Clwyd 7 (O Jones 27, C Lloyd 28, Clayton 32, Lavery 43, Pace 69, Kendrick 70 & 78)
Rhos United 1 (Christie pen 68)
Playing their first match in five weeks, Caer Clwyd hit the ground running in 2022 with a third straight league win.
These sides had shared a 4-4 draw at Rhos back in September. Four months on, the fixture featured eight goals again, but this time the balance was firmly in Clwyd’s favour.
It took the hosts 27 minutes to score the first goal. After some good football and great work from Fran Roberts, he found Owain Jones, who cut inside and smashed it top corner, crossbar and in.
This opened the floodgates for Clwyd and it only took them only a minute to grab their second.
A great pass from Dei Clayton found Keiran Kendrick on the left and he put a ball across which hit a defender and fell to Connor Lloyd, who lashed home from just inside the box for 2-0.
Confidence was high now and Clwyd kept the high press and intensity. They were awarded free kick at the edge of the area after some good work from Lloyd to win it. Clayton drove the ball home to make it 3-0 on the 32nd minute.
More good play resulted in Lloyd’s effort being saved well but the rebound fell to Craig Lavery, who kept his composure to apply the finish.
Half-time: Caer Clwyd 4 Rhos United 0
Clwyd started the second half as they ended the first and were rewarded with a great chance for Lavery, who was denied by the keeper.
Rhos changed formation and were much better in possession.
Their good football and pressure brought dividends in the 68th minute when they won a penalty which was calmly converted by Matt Christie.
This spurred Clwyd to step it up a notch and straight from the restart they won a corner which was taken by Kendrick and Daniel Pace sent a looping header into the far net.
Just one minute later a long ball from goalkeeper John Wood which wasn’t dealt with by the Rhos defence released Kendrick, who showed great composure to make it 6-1.
In the 78th minute, Clwyd hit Rhos on the counter and Pace played in Kendrick, who blasted in number seven.
Llandudno Amateurs 4 (Collins, Johnson, J Jones, Montgomery)
CPD Y Glannau 2 (Hedge, J Fontana)
A six-goal thriller described as referee Anthony Howard as ‘an outstanding game of football’ saw a late strike from the Amateurs finally make sure of the points.
Y Glannau started really well, Chris McQuillen causing problems down the right. So many dangerous balls were fed into the box, but no-one could get the final touch.
The Amateurs then settled and got on top, goals from Steve Collins and Kyle Johnson giving them a 2-0 interval lead.
Early in the second half, Joe Jones made it three, but from there Y Glannau fought back superbly.
McQuillen’s corner was headed in by Kyle Hedge on 67 minutes, then a contender for goal of the season from Joey Fontana – a 35-yard screamer – put the visitors right back in it.
Chasing the equaliser, Y Glannau got caught by a late counter, a superb move ending with Harry Montgomery making it 4-2 to secure the points.
So many positives for Y Glannau, whose build-up play was excellent but the final pass was lacking.
As for the second-placed Amateurs, they closed the gap on leaders Cerrigydrudion to three points having played two games more.
Abergele 2 (Holland 2)
Llanelwy Athletic 2 (Chapman pen, Harrison)
This battle of the high-flyers ended all-square with Abergele letting slip a two-goal lead.
Dominic Holland was on form for Gele in the first half, scoring in the ninth and 29th minutes to give his team a clear advantage at the break.
In the second half, Mike Chapman halved the arrears from the penalty spot on 58 minutes with his 29th goal of the season.
And on 77 minutes Michael Harrison plundered an equaliser for Sandy Malone’s men.