NWCFA Intermediate Cup – Penmaenmawr, CPD Y Rhyl 1879 and Bodedern all into semi-finals

Penmaenmawr Phoenix’s Cory Young (centre – yellow and blue) defends stoically as Rhuddlan’s Mathew Beach (red – No 6) attacks a cross during Saturday’s Intermediate Cup quarter-final at Cae Sling. Photo: RICHARD BATES PHOTOGRAPHY


CPD Penrhyndeudraeth 1 (Smith 29)
Bodedern Athletic 2 (Thomas 20 & 58)

Asa Thomas scored both Bodedern goals at Penrhyndeudraeth. Photo not from actual game. Credit: WYNNE EVANS

Asa Thomas struck twice as Bodedern bounced back in style from the previous weekend’s FAW Trophy quarter-final exit at Baglan by securing an Intermediate Cup semi spot with a hard-earned win at Maes-y-Parc.

Ricky Williams’ Anglesey side completed a third victory over Penrhyndeudraeth this season thanks to Thomas’ 38th and 39th goals of the campaign.

Boded also had a penalty saved, while the home team had two players sent off.

Winning manager Williams paid tribute to his team’s response after the difficult-to-take loss in South Wales seven days earlier.

“I thought we showed today what we’re all about,” he said. “It would have been easy to go and hide today against a good side, but we delivered again.”

Athletic started well, only the bar preventing 50-goal top-scorer Marc Evans from netting via a superb free kick.

The opener came on 20 minutes when a good ball through from Jordie Murphy was finished brilliantly by the returning Thomas.

Tomos Smith equalised on 27 minutes, then just before half time Evans‘ kick from the spot was kept out by home keeper Morgan Jones.

The second half proved much the same as the first, with Bodedern generally on top. Sam Gregson and Ryan Lees were both denied by fine stops from Jones before the winner arrived in the 58th minute.

A free kick delivered from wide was headed away into the path of Thomas, who finished with aplomb to make it 2-1.

Penrhyn had Smith dismissed for two yellows on 63 minutes and Richard Jones followed him after 88 in this all-North Wales Coast West Premier tie.

Penmaenmawr Phoenix 3 (Caldecott 9, Hunt 90+1, Lundstram 105)
Rhuddlan Town 2 (Beach 19, Bellham 20)

Penmaenmawr skipper Matthew Hunt (yellow and blue) grabs an equaliser to force extra time. Picture: RICHARD BATES PHOTOGRAPHY

A dramatic all-North Wales Coast East Premier tie at Cae Sling looked to be heading the way of Rhuddlan as they led 2-1 in stoppage time, but Penmaenmawr forced extra time with a 93rd minute equaliser and then went on to clinch victory in the added half-hour.

Pen got off to a good start, Alfie Caldecott putting them in front on nine minutes.

Dan Williams chased a long ball to the by-line and fired a low cross into the path of Caldecott, who made no mistake from close range.

The visitors started to put the pressure on Phoenix and equalised on 19 minutes. A long range free kick from Mathew Beach bypassed everybody in the 18 yard box to find the back of the net.

Barely a minute later and Rhuddlan were in front when a corner was scrambled home by Jordan Bellham.

Half time: Pen Phoenix 1-2 Rhuddlan Town

For the second half, Pen came out looking revitalised.

Harry Roberts and Stevie Jones were getting on the ball in midfield and creating chances for the forwards but the visiting defence stood firm.

Penmaenmawr Phoenix and Rhuddlan Town players stood together for Ukraine before the match

It looked as if Rhuddlan were going to progress to the semi-finals until in the 93rd minute, a corner into the box was headed towards goal by Shaheen Ahmed, the effort was saved but only for the rebound to fall to skipper Matthew Hunt who fired in to force extra time.

Momentum was now back with the Phoenix and just a few minutes into the extra period Benn Lundstram was slid in by Harry Roberts. Lundstram looked to have taken the play too wide of goal, but managed to finish well into the far corner.

Penmaenmawr Phoenix and Colwyn Bay under-7’s stood together for Ukraine before their morning match

Rhuddlan were reduced to 10 men after a second yellow card for Matty Roberts.

Debutant Francesco Gallina put in a great shift up front in extra time, some magnificent hold up play helping his side over the line and into the semi-finals.

Phoenix manager Martyn Jones said: “We weren’t at our best today but I think over the 120 minutes we created more chances and deserved to progress in the end. Chech (Gallina) was superb when he came on, he gives us another dimension and will be an important player for the rest of the season.”

Llandudno Junction 1 (J Williams 62)
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 8 (Lamb 24 & 68, Taylor 28 & 63, Cain 30, Ellis 78, 80, 88)

Rhyl 1879 (white) on the attack at the Flyover. Picture: RAY HIBBS

Visitors Rhyl romped to a thumping victory at the Flyover where the icing on the cake was a hat-trick in the final 12 minutes from Kieran Ellis.

Gareth Thomas’ men struck first in the 24th minute.

Great work by Macauley Taylor on the right led to a cross for Carl Lamb to slot home calmly into the bottom-left corner.

Four minutes later Taylor found the net following a parry from goalkeeper Luke Russell.

Before the break Tom Cain’s fantastic left footed drive from the edge of the penalty area made it 3-0.

The first 15 minutes of the second half played out evenly, and the home side were next to find the net with a long-range effort from Jack Williams which bobbled in front of visiting keeper Ryan Roberts, leaving him no chance in the 62nd minute.

If the Railwaymen were thinking a miracle turnaround was on the cards their illusions were soon shattered.

Kieran Ellis (9) challenges the Junction keeper Luke Russell. Picture: RAY HIBBS

Only a minute later Taylor made it 4-1 with a towering header.

Lamb’s ferocious right-footed drive into the top left corner made it 27 goals in all competitions this season for him, and five on the day for the visitors.

It then became the Kieran Ellis show. His first goal arrived courtesy of some fantastic work by youngster Frankie Davies on the right

Two further goals were supplied by the on-fire Ellis before the end.

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