North Wales Coast East League – Prestatyn Sports edge a thriller, Llysfaen stun Llanelwy

Dramatic action from Kinmel Bay (dark blue) versus Prestatyn Sports. Picture: BARRY GRIFFITHS

NORTH WALES COAST EAST LEAGUE REPORTS – JANUARY 29

TIER 4: PREMIER DIVISION

Kinmel Bay 2 (Foster 20, Roche 70)
Prestatyn Sports 3 (Griffiths 39 & 80; Jacovelli 90)

What a cracker of a game at Y Morfa which saw Kinmel Bay on course for a shock first win in seven games only for two late goals from title-chasers Prestatyn Sports to clinch all three points.

Kinmel are now into the fourth week of a major rebuild with almost all the first team squad deciding to part ways with the club before Christmas.

Managers Alex Craig, Leon Field and Andy Thomas have all worked hard in bring new players in and are aiming to develop the young lads that have stepped up from the reserves.

Saturday’s squad to face Sports had an average age of about 20.

After early Sports pressure, Bay took a 20th minute lead when a long ball was played behind the away defence and new signing, 17-year-old Callum Foster, controlled before placing over keeper Josh Wilmot into the top corner.

Sports equalised in the 39th minute through an Ian Griffiths penalty awarded for an alleged foul in the box on the striker by Josh Jones.

In the second half, Bay kept to their game plan. The injured Ste Flanagan came off and Connor Craig went on, while Lewis Lloyd Evans was replaced by Declan Bellamy.

Sports were having lots of the ball with Bay soaking up the pressure and looking to counter when chances came.

In the 70th minute Bellamy broke down the left and was felled by Wilmot after playing the ball over the keeper.

Wilmot was shown a yellow and from the resulting free kick whipped in by Anthony Jones, Barry Roche produced a lovely calm finish.

On 74 minutes Bay broke again and Wilmot rushed out, attempting to thwart James Weaver.

Kinmel Bay and Prestatyn Sports produced an intense contest. Picture: BARRY GRIFFITHS

This time the Sports keeper missed the ball with his feet, outside of the box, but was guilty of handling and was sent off.

In the 80th minute it was 10 men each when Bay’s Nathaniel Hulme was shown a second yellow for a foul.

Bay keeper Shane Bradley parried away the free kick straight to Griffiths, who fired in his 12th goal of the season.

Both sides pushed for a winner, but in the 90th minute Antonio Jacovelli made it 3-2 Sports by somehow finding the net through a ruck of players.

Kinmel nearly equalised when in the 95th minute Josh Jones fired a shot hard and low, but stand-in keeper Ryan Jones produced a stunning save.

CPD Bro Cernyw 2
Llandudno Junction 5

Most of the damage was done in the first half by a Junction side which led 4-1 at the break.

Jack Williams, a Mike Williams long-distance stunner, George Roberts and Jack Nettleton provided the Railwaymen’s opening half strikes, Cai Price replying.

Roberts netted again for the visitors in the second half, Carwyn McFadden with Bro’s consolation.

Llandyrnog United 2
Mochdre Sports 0

First half goals from Paul Williams and Nathan Rose set up Llandyrnog for a great win over in-form visitors.

Williams was sent off for the hosts in the second period.

Meliden P
Llanfairfechan Town P

Rhuddlan Town 3 (Ryan Potts 5, 11, 39)
Glan Conwy 0

Match report published on Saturday.

CPD Y Rhyl 1879 1 (Kieran Ellis 85)
Llannefydd 1 (Jared Roberts 70)

Match report published on Saturday.

TIER 5: DIVISION ONE

Llanelwy Athletic 0
Llysfaen 5

Sean Sheridan (left) hit a hat-trick for Llysfaen. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

Memories of the 2019-20 season came flooding back as Llysfaen produced one of the shock results in the current Division One campaign.

Two seasons ago, Emlyn Robert Jones’ side missed out on the Division One title in the cruelest way possible on points per game and the early finish due to Covid meant they were deprived of other trophy-winning chances.

This season has not run so well for the Bananabeu outfit, who have lost a number of key players and rarely been able to field a full-strength team.

However, on Saturday it came good as they whipped a Llanelwy side rated as favourites for the title.

Two well-taken Sean Sheridan goals and a Jay Jones header ensured the visitors went into the half time interval 3-0 up, playing with the wind behind them.

With the wind against them after the turnaround, Sheridan, playing his first game since August’s win against NFA in which he scored a hat-trick, notched his third of the day and Llysfaen’s fourth shortly after the restart.

Nathan Russell made it five at the very end after a well-worked assist from debutant Joel Massam.

Winning manager Jones said: “We have let ourselves down a few too many times this season with sub-par performances and it was spoken about almost all week about the need to change and prove to not only ourselves but to everyone else that we aren’t a flash in the pan, one-season wonder.

“We have also mentioned that although we are out of the title race now, we are still heavily involved due to the fact the likes of Abergele and Cerrig still need to come to us.

“Bringing a few new lads into the squad as well as having a few others available just increases the competition that little bit more and keeps people on their toes. That showed today and this squad was probably up there as being one of our strongest we could field all season.

“We mixed our game up well but this performance and result will mean absolutely nothing if we don’t kick on again next week against Rhyl All Stars.

“Llanelwy are a top, top side. It’s taken five attempts to beat them (two this season in the Welsh Cup and at home in the league) and we are delighted to have caught them on a bad day. Sandy (Malone) is a top manager and the job he’s done in just months there is superb.”

Rhyl All Stars 1
Abergele 6

Now unbeaten in 16 league outings, Abergele remained well in the title chase after a six-goal show at Rhyl.

Tommy Lloyd (2), Liam Roberts, Dom Holland, Jack Hoult and Ryan Roberts shared the goals for Gele, Joe Smith having put away an early penalty for the hosts.

CPD Caer Clwyd 3
Betws-y-Coed 0

Owain Jones (2) and Craig Lavery supplied the late goals which banked Caer Clwyd three points at the expense of the bottom side.

CPD Henllan 2
Rhos United 2

Steffan Jones and Sam Davies were on the mark for Henllan, but Rhos claimed a point thanks to reponses from Ray Lee and substitute Lewis Sealey.

Y Glannau 2
Rhyl Dragons 2

Y Glannau (green) and Rhyl Dragons do battle. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

Harrison Bellis’ double, one a penalty, was not enough to seal maximum spoils for Y Glannau.

David O’Neill and Daniel Williams hit back to earn a draw for the Dragons.

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