North Wales Coast Reserve Division – thrills as Penmaenmawr and Kinmel Bay win

Kinmel Bay Reserves celebrate their late winner. Picture: BARRY GRIFFITHS



Kinmel Bay Reserves 5 (Foster 25, Richards 49, Paolucci 68 & 90, Craig 78)
Llangoed and District Reserves 4 (Parry 18 & 29, Williams 33 & 88 pen)

Kinmel Bay fought back from 3-1 down at half time to edge a nine-goal thriller at Y Morfa Leisure Centre.

For Anglesey visitors Llangoed, David Parry opened the scoring in the 16th minute, but Ben Sedgwick set up Callum Foster for an equaliser after 25.

Parry added his second on 29 minutes and Carwyn Williams struck after 33 to put Llangoed in command.

Kinmel Bay emerged for the second half a different proposition.

Kai Paolucci and Tyler Prime were brought on to replace Cory McHale and Joshua Rhys Tambs respectively.

Bay pulled one back early in the second period when Mason Richards headed home from a well taken free-kick by Sedgwick.

Connor Craig lashes the ball home. Pic: Barry Griffiths

Connor Craig came off the bench to replace Declan Bellamy, with a crucial 30 minutes left.

Sub Paolucci managed to intercept the ball on a misplaced pass by the Llangoed defence, turned his man and scored from about 20 yards to make it 3-3.

Bay were on the front foot and the ball broke to Craig down the right wing. He ran into the box and calmly finished to give his team the lead.

Kinmel match-winner Kai Paolucci. Picture: BARRY GRIFFITHS

Llangoed were not finished, however, as they won an 88th minute penalty which Williams converted.

The visitors thought they had salvaged a point, but a late 30-yard free kick from man of the match Paolucci won Kinmel Bay the game.

Llanrug United Reserves 3 (Jones 64, Lynes 71 pen, Bearman 87)
Penmaenmawr Phoenix Reserves 4 (Wilson 7, Benjamin 39 & 80, Williams 50)

Penmaenmawr are just a point away from being crowned champions and winning the club’s reserve side’s first piece of silverware since 1922 – 100 years ago.

Saturday’s North Wales Coast Reserve Division clash at Llanrug started well for Pen when in the seventh minute winger Joe Williams made a great solo run down the left and produced a teasing cross for new signing Paul Wilson to smash a volley into the roof of the net.

In the 39th minute, after some good movement and build-up, debutant Wilson set up Harry Benjamin, who made no mistake finishing calmly past the Llanrug keeper.

Penmaenmawr started the second half brightly and in the 50th minute Ryan Stuart’s through ball beat the Llanrug defence, enabling Williams to finish well and put the hosts 3-0 to the good.

Ryan Jones pulled one back for Llanrug in the 64th minute, after some sloppy home defending from a set piece.

In the 71st minute Alex Lynes netted from the spot after a harsh handball was given against Penmaenmawr’s Lewis Roberts.

This gave Llanrug confidence to push and look for an equaliser but the Phoenix defence of Darren Hughes, Brandon Evans, Harri Lloyd and Lewis Roberts dealt with the threat.

The hosts also had to deal with the setback of Sion Evans being sent off in the 77th minute for a second yellow card.

Ten minutes from time, Benjamin won the ball on the halfway line and broke away to finish and make it 4-2.

The Quarrymen stood tall and defended for their lives as Llanrug threw everything they had at them.

Veteran and chairman of Penmaenmawr Phoenix Peter Williams, along with newly-signed veteran Neil Picton on his debut, both put in a great shift in midfield, using all their experience to see out the game.

Llanrug did manage another goal, Oliver Bearman finding himself unmarked at the back post after a cross from the left and he lashed into the net.

Bontnewydd Reserves 2 (Chidley 12, Rowlands 15)
CPD Nefyn United Reserves 2 (Williams 54 & 69)

Bontnewydd established an early two-goal gap at Cae Stanley, but Nefyn rallied to force a draw.

Owen Chidley handed Bont a 12th minute lead before Cai Rowlands doubled the advantage on the quarter hour.

The Penwaig fought back valiantly after the break, Owen Williams halving the arrears on 54 minutes before adding his second after 69.

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