North Wales Coast East League – Premier leaders Llannefydd held, Llandudno Amateurs go top of Division One

Mochdre celebrate a goal at Kinmel Bay. Picture: BARRY GRIFFITHS

NORTH WALES COAST EAST LEAGUE REPORTS – JANUARY 15

Premier Division

Kinmel Bay 1 (Evans pen 54)
Mochdre Sports 5 (Roberts 13 pen & 66, Holmes 28, Chris Lloyd 29, Charlie Lloyd 68)

Three goals in the first half hour set up Mochdre for a comfortable win at Y Morfa Leisure Centre ground.

Sports’ previous game was against the same opponents and they had scraped a 4-3 home victory five weeks earlier.

The visitors triumphed in far more emphatic fashion on Saturday. taking a 13th minute lead through a Scott Roberts penalty which he was fouled for.

Impressive debutant Harvey Holmes made it 2-0 on 28 minutes with a header on the goal-line from a deflected delivery into the box.

Chris Lloyd soon added a third with a back post volley after a Gareth Jones flick on from a long throw-in.

Kinmel had been overrun in the first half, but a formation change at the start of the second period made them more effective.

In the 54th minute, Mochdre keeper Nic Bould was adjudged to have brought down Barry Roche in the box and new signing Ethan Evans netted from the spot.

Bay pushed for a second, but the Sports defence was strong and as the hosts tired so the visitors pressed on more in search of killer goals.

More fabulous goalmouth action captured by BARRY GRIFFITHS

The away side made it 4-1 in the 66th minute when Scott Roberts notched his second via a low finish in the bottom left-hand corner from a Holmes through ball.

Substitute Charlie Lloyd then got in on the act, knocking a rebound into the top corner after a good save by Bay keeper Liam Curzon from a Holmes shot.

Kinmel Bay managers Alex Craig and Leon Field said after the game: “On the day and on reflection we weren’t good enough; not physical enough and lacking a few key players.

“But these things can be worked on in training and we will continue to train, play and improve and build a club for the future.

“Kinmel Bay Football Club feels united and the atmosphere around the club is exciting at the moment with lots of plans and improvements in the pipeline and we are all looking forward to the next 12 to 18 months.”

Llanfairfechan Town 1 (Murray 39)
Penmaenmawr Phoenix 3 (Hughes 1, Caldecott 10, S Jones 45+2)

Ben Hughes (No 11) celebrates the opener for Phoenix after just 30 seconds. Picture: RAY HIBBS

Phoenix ran out winners of the tunnels derby for a second time this season, repeating their 3-1 victory over Llanfairfechan at Cae Sling back in October.

The visitors could not have asked for a better start, as from the kick off Ian Pattinson spotted the run of Daniel Williams down the right flank,

Williams played a direct ball into Alfie Caldecott, whose strike was saved well by Liam Jones, however Ben Hughes was on hand to fire home the rebound and Pen were ahead with no more than 30 seconds on the clock.

More great derby action. Picture: RAY HIBBS

Phoenix kept the pressure on and the lead was doubled on 10 minutes when Williams linked up with Caldecott, who this time made no mistake from 15 yards.

The hosts struggled to get into the game but did start to apply some pressure towards the interval.

A free kick was awarded on 38 minutes in a dangerous position, Jamie Haggas stepped up and saw his effort saved well by Dion Jones.

Phoenix manager Martyn Jones congratulates Harry Roberts on a job well done. Picture: RAY HIBBS

And Llanfair did get in on the act from the resulting flag-kick. A well-worked move saw captain Curtis Murray dart to the front post and clip the ball into the far corner.

It looked as though the game would go into the break at 1-2, but Phoenix play-maker Stevie Jones had other plans, Jones brought down a long ball 30 yards out, took another touch onto his right foot and fired home a rocket to restore his side’s two-goal cushion.

As to be expected Llanfair came out on the front foot looking to get back in the game and it took a brilliant point blank save from Dion Jones on 63 minutes to keep Ryan Dodd’s effort out.

Aerial combat at The Rec. Picture: RAY HIBBS

Town pushed on, and as a consequence more chances were created for Pen, but it was a goalless second half and the visitors took the points back to Cae Sling.

Phoenix manager Martyn Jones said: “It was vital we got back to a positive performance today more than anything.

“We were shown up last week against a very good Rhyl side and the lads needed to show character in what is always a tough tie.

“The early goal helped us a lot and took the pressure off. Then Stevie’s wonder strike just before half time seemed to kill the game off. We didn’t really come under much pressure in the second half and the lads saw the game out in a professional manner.”

CPD Llannefydd 1 (Morris 60)
Llandyrnog United 1 (Lawson-Cooke 43)

A great result for Llandyrnog as they held the leaders to a draw.

David Lawson-Cooke edged the visitors in front just before half time and it needed a Llion Morris leveller on the hour to seal Gwyndaf Pritchard’s side a point.

After the match, Llandyrnog manager Jimmy McNally paid tribute on social media to the dedication of referee Anthony Howard, who insisted on officiating despite hearing some concerning news before the game.

“Everyone at Llandyrnog United FC would like to extend our sincere thanks and best wishes to today’s ref Anthony Howard,” wrote Jimmy.

“After receiving some devastating personal news before the game, he simply asked if we’d mind kicking off earlier rather than cancel the game.

“The sheer courage of the man to make that decision, just so two sides could have a game was incredible. Everyone at our club are sending our sincere best wishes to you Tony.”

CPD Llansannan 2 (D Jones 34, G Roberts 39)
Llandudno Junction 6 (Bibby OG 35, D Jones 45+1, J Williams 60 & 63, Nettleton 66 & 69)

A pair of Jacks helped provide a winning hand for the Junction.

Jack Williams and Jack Nettleton both scored twice apiece within a nine-minute second half spell as the Railwaymen turned a 2-2 half-time score into a 6-2 victory.

Dafydd Jones and Gruff Roberts struck in the first half for Llansannan, Junction’s replies coming via a Gwion Bibby own goal and Dion Jones strike in overtime.

Rhuddlan Town 1 (Beach 42)
CPD Bro Cernyw 1 (Kirkham 9)

Jordie Baker ensured Rhuddlan emerged with a point after some amazing second half saves.

Harry Kirkham lobbed Baker on nine minutes to nudge Bro Cernyw in front, but Mathew Beach equalised on 42.

Division One

Betws-y-Coed 0
Rhos United 6

Back to winning ways for Rhos with Scott Court (2), Phemmy Allison, Tom Brady, Lewis Sealey and Tom Skelley sharing the goals.

Llandudno Amateurs 5
CPD Henllan 2

One of the goals of the season from Joe Jones – his second of the game – was one of the major highlights for the Amateurs in this win.

Chris Smyth also delivered a double for the hosts and Lucas Hughes contributed a single.

The final score somewhat flattered the Amateurs as Henllan put up a really good show, their goals provided by Sam Davies (2, 1 pen).

Davies’ first was from a trademark free kick and his second via a penalty earned by a great run from Alex Ballard before he was stopped illegally.

Debutants Josh Griffiths and Daniel Jones gave excellent performances in their first games for the club.

Llysfaen 4
CPD Caer Clwyd 2

Llysfaen led 2-0 after 74 minutes, were pegged back to 2-2, but then found the staying power to score twice again and claim the points.

Ashley Morris handed the hosts a 1-0 half time lead, netting on 19 minutes following a Dave Sharpe assist.

After Connor Morris made it two from the penalty spot with just 16 minutes left, it looked like a home success was assured, but Caer Clwyd never say die.

The visitors rallied with two goals in four minutes through Fran Roberts and Daniel Williams.

Who’s game now? Anyone’s…but it was Llysfaen who pushed on to win it with goals by Alec Jones (87 mins) and Simon Leigh (89).

NFA 2
Abergele 4

Dom Holland and James Lloyd notched two goals apiece in Abergele’s rewarding visit to Rhyl.

Holland now has 15 league goals this season, while Lloyd is on seven.

NFA led twice. Sam Jones gave them an early lead, Lloyd equalised a minute into the second half, but the hosts nudged back in front when Matthew Robinson put away a 51st minute penalty.

Holland then pounced with goals on 62 and 72 minutes, and Lloyd made sure of the points with a fourth for the travellers on 90.

Penrhyn Bay Dragons 1
CPD Y Glannau 4

Harrison Bellis netted a perfect hat-trick as Y Glannau recovered from the disappointment of a narrow recent loss to Llandudno Amateurs in style by taking the spoils at Penrhyn Bay.

The visitors were ahead after 15 seconds when Josh MacGillivray’s shot was saved by Tom Brooke, but Jake Reddaway was following up to smash the ball home.

Straight from the restart a long ball forward was missed by the Glannau defence and Luke Jones was left with the task of chipping in the equaliser.

Sixteen-year-old Tomos Williams hit the underside of the bar for the visitors, before Bellis headed in MacGillivray’s cross on 27 minutes to make it 2-1.

Bellis’s clever flick from a MacGillivray delivery extended the away lead before the break.

MacGillivray provided his third assist when his through pass released Bellis to finish again to make it three goals – a header, left foot and right foot.

Tom Jones was sent off in the 88th minute for a Y Glannau for a last-man foul.

Rhyl Dragons 0
Llanelwy Athletic 2

Dragons (red) and Llanelwy do battle. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

Third-place Llanelwy remain strong title contenders after taking the points off Dragons.

Martin Byast and the ever-alert Mike Chapman struck the vital goals in the first half for Sandy Malone’s men.

Llandudno Amateurs now lead the table on goal difference with 49 points from 23 games, Cerrigydrudion have 49 from 20 and Llanelwy 44 from 17.

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