Ardal Northern – Penalties cup joy for Mold Alex and Nantlle Vale, Porthmadog back on top

Aerial combat from St Asaph City (stripes) versus Nantlle Vale. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

TIER 3 ARDAL NORTHERN REPORTS – JANUARY 22

Lock Stock Ardal Northern League Cup

Mold Alexandra and Nantlle Vale will meet in an all-North West tie in the semi-finals of the Lock Stock Ardal Northern League Cup.

Both sides came through their respective quarter-finals on Saturday via penalty shoot-outs.

Mold took on Rhostyllen and led 2-0 at half time courtesy of goals from Danny Warren and Henry Carver.

To their credit the visitors fought back gallantly after the break, Scott Swords halving the arrears before Tom Douglas made it two-apiece from a 77th minute penalty.

No further goals so it went to spot-kicks. Elliot Quinlan produced a vital save for Mold and Jacob Wise netted the decisive one for Michael Cunningham’s side to take the match 5-4 on pens.

St Asaph City versus Nantlle Vale was all about penalties.

The game itself ended 1-1 with new signing, former Caernarfon Town man Telor Williams, putting Vale ahead from the spot on 61 minutes.

Saints won a penalty in the 66th minute, which Jason Foulkes converted.

No more goals, and Foulkes receiving a second yellow in the 90th minute meant he would play no part in the penalties contest.

It’s a battle for the ball between Saints and Nantlle Vale (blue). Picture: MATT JOHNSON

Nantlle won the shoot-out 4-2, Gethin Roberts producing another crucial save as the Penygroes side progressed on pens for the second round in succession, having seen Denbigh Town off at the previous stage seven days earlier.

In the other quarters, Berriew triumphed 5-0 at Carno, Edward Baker (2), Joe Haycock, Marc Jones and George Mitten splitting the goals.

The Rhiewsiders will lock horns with Caersws in the other semi, the Bluebirds having come through 4-0 at Kerry, Will Thomas with a hat-trick and Luke Mumford a single.

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Cefn Albion 4 Four Crosses 1

Albion strengthened their grip on third place in Ardal North East with a convincing win over bottom side Four Crosses.

The visitors took a shock early lead through Rhys Owen before the hosts rallied to turn the tables, Alex Williams, Jamie Foulkes (pen), Conner Kendrick and Callum Mannion all on the mark.

Crosses’ Ben Simms had a chance to make it 2-2 but missed from the spot.

Llanfair United 2 Corwen 0

Josh Astley and Max McLaughlin bagged the goals which ensured Llanfair returned to the top of the table with victory over Corwen.

The visitors put up a fine show, but their chances of an upset were hampered by a 63rd minute red card for Scott Evans.

LOCK STOCK ARDAL NORTH WEST

CPD Y Felinheli 2 Llandudno Albion 3

Albion did themselves a favour in the battle against relegation with a 3-2 win at their fellow strugglers which lifted Darren Jones’ side out of the bottom six.

All the goals ar Cae Seilo came in the first half, Dan Evans and club record scorer Dave Maddock (2) for the visitors, Gavin Lloyd-Jones and Iwan Owen replying.

Porthmadog 3 Blaenau Amateurs 0

A home victory over the Quarrymen put Porthmadog top of Ardal North West on goal difference.

On 10 minutes, Port opened their account in somewhat fortuitous circumstances when Blaenau keeper Cian Williams accidentally brought down Marcus Banks in the box after initially pulling off a good point-blank save.

Up stepped top-scorer Julian Williams to side-foot home from the spot.

It was 2-0 in the 17th minute when a Williams free kick came off the defensive wall and broke free to Rhys Alun, whose shot was unstoppable.

In first half added time, a glorious pass found Rhys Alun on the right wing and his accurate low cross evaded the keeper and located Paul Lewis for the easiest of tap-ins.

The second half, in stark contrast to the first, was a dull affair.

Saltney Town 5 Llanuwchllyn 2

Ryan McCleary (blue and black) scored twice for Saltney. This photo is from an earlier match this season

A cracking win for Saltney over the league’s fifth-placed club.

The first half was somewhat disappointing, a Joe Williams strike on 27 minutes which keeper Jake Cooke should have done better with giving Llanuwchllyn an interval lead.

It very much livened up after the break, Tom Rowlands equalising on 52 before Williams restored the away advantage a minute later.

From here, the Bordermen really caught fire.

Ryan McCleary levelled on 58 and new signing Sam Spridgeon put Town in front for the first time after 70.

Rob Dascalu’s own goal helped Saltney’s cause and McCleary added the icing on the cake with a fifth deep into added time.

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