RHYL AND DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE REPORTS – JANUARY 30
Matty Perez Cup semi finals
Conwy Comrades 4 (Carey 2, Haggas 2)
Six Bells 3 (Walker, Gunter, Bell)
After extra time, 3-3 at 90 mins
A stunning semi-final saw the Comrades turn around a three-goal deficit in the last 15 minutes to clinch extra time and then complete a dramatic victory.
The Rhyl visitors started well, Aaron Dodwell’s ball into the box headed in by Tate Walker.
And the lead then doubled after a long ball from Rob Lloyd caught the Conwy defence out and Dean Gunter slotted home well.
Conwy came out firing for the second half, but could not find the net.
When Bells made it 3-0 with 20 minutes to play, it looked all over.
After his long throw was headed out by the home defence and Aidan Bell nodded the ball back across the goal and it went all the way in.
Cue the comeback of this and many a season!
With time running out for Comrades they won a free kick on the edge of the box. Joe Carey put it in the top corner – brilliant goal, game on.
That man Jamie Haggas popped up a minute later to make it 3-2. And what scenes when Carey scored with 10 minutes left to force another half-hour!
Harry Roberts had a 90th minute effort brilliantly saved – so it went to extra time.
With Comrades looking the fitter, they pushed on and dominated the first period.
Carey turned provider for Haggas to get his second of the tie and 17th goal of the campaign to give the hosts a lead they never relinquished!
The Alex 1 (Winder)
Royal Oak 3 (Rees 2 pens, Momior)
Two spot-kicks from Matty Rees helped Royal Oak reach the final after a good contest with underdogs Alex.
Alan Momior also struck from a corner for Mark Dudley’s side, who were worthy winners in the end although the Llandudno hosts made a match of it and replied through new signing Josh Winder.
Lee Jones Cup semi final
FC Mally 6 (Lundstram 3, 1 pen, Moorhouse, R Jones, Hold)
Bar Bow 1 (O’Carrol)
Quadruple-chasing Mally reached their first cup final of the season at the expense of Rhyl’s Bar Bow.
Bow started the better and took an early lead through Loui O’Carrol, but that was soon cancelled out by Benn Lundstram.
Lundstram doubled his and Mally’s total when he converted from the penalty spot to make it 2-1.
Despite not playing their best, Mally went into the break ahead.
Adam Hold was introduced at half time in the hope of pushing Mally on and into the final and it was his delivery from a corner which was met by Jamie Moorhouse to power into the net for 3-1.
Ricky Jones, seemingly holding his own goal of the season competition, won the ball on the touch line, burst forward and hammered one into the net from just inside the area to make it four.
Lundstram then completed his hat-trick to reach 18 for the season and move top of the league’s hotshots chart.
Bow were reduced to 10 men with not long remaining, but there was still time for Hold to get the goal his brilliant second half display deserved to seal the win 6-1.
Ricky Jones took man of the match again but the whole team display, especially in the second half, was outstanding.
Winning manager Andy Colville was once again delighted with the performance of his lads which led them into yet another final under his leadership.
Catching a word with the big man himself after the game, he said he would enjoy the win with a couple of pints and a bag of crisps on Sunday night. He also had a big signing to reveal!
Rhyl and District Sunday League
Millbank 3 (Roberts 3, 1 pen)
Y Clwb 1 (Watson)
Simon Roberts was a hat-trick hero as Millbank returned to the top of the table with a crucial victory over fellow title hopefuls Y Clwb.
Still unbeaten at home all season, the Rhyl side knew three points were vital to send out the right message to the other contenders.
Roberts, who helped Llannefydd gain an excellent point when coming on as a sub in Saturday’s North Wales Coast East Premier Division clash at Rhyl, put Millbank in command when he cut in from wide and drilled home to give the keeper no chance.
The striker pounced again before the break with a tap-in following a well-worked move to make it 2-0 at half time.
Early in the second period, Roberts completed his treble from the penalty spot.
Nathan Watson pulled a consolation back for Y Clwb with 20 minutes to go.
The Glan Conwy team piled on the pressure for the last quarter-hour, but Millbank held on for a great win.
A fine game between two teams going for the title.