Ardal North West – Llay Welfare upset leaders, Denbigh victorious, Mold into another final

A close call as Denbigh Town (red) attack against Llanuwchllyn. Denbigh Town photography is produced by ROY GUNTHER and STEPHEN WHITFIELD – many thanks


Llay Welfare 2 (Wright 87, Banks OG 90)
CPD Porthmadog 1 (Thomas 55)

Llay Welfare upset the script yet again

A bizarre 90th minute own goal cost Porthmadog their unbeaten away league record in the 2021-22 season.

Far worse for Craig Papyrnik’s men, it meant three dropped points in the title race.

And it was no surprise that great upset merchants Llay, who had already defeated other top three sides Mold Alexandra and Denbigh Town at The Ring this term, were the ones to send Port home deflated.

Although the visitors had the better first half chances, Welfare, who had a goal disallowed, were always a danger on the counter.

Llay started the second half well and failed to capitalise on opportunities before Port took a 55th minute lead against the run of play.

A long, accurate ball completely split the hosts’ defence and Dewi Thomas skillfully rounded the keeper before calmly netting from a tight angle.

Julian Williams twice went close to a second for the visitors. His first effort was finger-tipped wide by Kyle Flower and the second scraped the top of the bar.

Just as the game seemed to be drifting towards a narrow victory for the table-toppers, the whole script went horribly wrong for them in the closing five minutes.

Jared Taylor sent in a teasing left-footed cross from a free-kick some 20 yards from goal and substitute Michael Wright`s well-judged glancing header flew past Paul Pritchard’s despairing dive to make it 1-1.

Then in the 90th minute, Josh Banks was in position to make a seemingly simple clearance to safety, but he unbelievably sliced the ball past Pritchard behind him to send the home supporters into ecstasy.

Llay Welfare
Kyle Flower, Dean Bryan (c), Aled Roberts, Jared Taylor, Ryan Merrill (L Taylor 75), Lewis Bickerton-Cole (C Roberts 83), Kian Turton, Thomas Wells, Ryan Goodband (M Wright 34), Liam Hughes, Matthew Worrall.

Paul Pritchard, Josh Banks, Iddon Price, Stuart Rogers (Cian Pritchard 84), Dewi Thomas, John Littlemore, Marcus Banks (James Morgan 46), Rhys Alun (Ifan Emlyn 45+2), Julian Williams, Paul Lewis, Euron Roberts.

Denbigh Town 3
Llanuwchllyn 1

Goal celebration time for Denbigh. Denbigh Town photography is produced by ROY GUNTHER and STEPHEN WHITFIELD – many thanks

Third-place Denbigh breathed fresh life into their promotion hopes with a fine home win over always tough opponents in Llanuwchllyn.

First half goals from Jacob Barratt, with a fine strike from 20 yards, together with an instinctive knock by Jake Walker, saw Town go in at the interval 2-0 up.

A second half penalty from Sam Jones made it three, before Nathan Davies pulled one back for Llan to set up an anxious final 10 minutes as the visitors looked to reduce the arrears further.

On 35 minutes Denbigh took the lead and a fine goal it was. Sam Tate made his way across midfield and laid a clever ball to Barratt on the left wing. The youngster turned inside and let fly a 20-yard shot which flew over an outstretched Dan Dascalu and into the top right corner.

Five minutes later and it was 2-0. Sam Jones collected on the left and sent in a vicious low cross which Tate met on the volley to force a fine save from Dascalu only for him to palm the ball into the path of the incoming Walker, who netted from close range.

Llanuwchllyn’s Ceri James (left) and Denbigh’s Sam Jones battle for the ball. Denbigh Town photography is produced by ROY GUNTHER and STEPHEN WHITFIELD – many thanks

Into the second half and Tate was on the end of a clumsy challenge from Garmon Hafal inside the Llanuwchllyn penalty area and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.

Sam Jones stepped up to blast the ball into the net.

Llanuwchllyn responded and their pressure finally paid off when Davies was able to slide in to score on 80 minutes to make for a nervy end to the game for Denbigh’s supporters.

Somehow, Tom Jones missed an open goal which would have made it 3-2.

Brymbo 2
Rhydymwyn 3

Goals from Nathan Mendoza, Matt Gilsenan and James Beck secured the points for Rhydymwyn, Tom Gunson replying with two for the hosts.

Llandudno Albion 1
CPD Y Felinheli 1

All-square at Maesdu Park, Ben Jarvis putting Albion ahead on 11 minutes before Iwan Owen equalised on 65.

Rhostyllen 6
Blaenau Amateurs 0

Scott Swords was a hat-trick hero for Rhostyllen, but young central midfielder Regan Jones took man of the match for a majestic display.

After just two minutes, Swords got on the end of a Will Nevitt cross to hammer home a scissor kick to make it 1-0.

In the 19th minute, player/manager Warren Aykroyd-Duckett delivered and Tom Douglas converted with a well executed bicycle kick.

Aykroyd-Duckett turned scorer on 23 minutes, then Douglas released Nevitt for him to slot home.

Rhostyllen were well in control and Swords completed his brace on 55 minutes.

Swords made it a treble and it could have been double figures but for the brilliance of Blaenau keeper Cian Williams.

St Asaph City 0
Brickfield Rangers 1

Haca Ozlu’s 82nd minute decider ensured Brickfield made it back-to-back league triumphs.

Not so long ago, St Asaph were winning regularly, but they are now without a victory in four outings.

Saltney Town 1
Llanrwst United 1

Ten-man Saltney salvaged a point thanks to Shaun Tinsley’s 78th minute leveller.

Jordan O’Brien’s 58th minute red card had left the Bordermen a man down and a goal behind following Callum Parry’s first half net-finder for the Rwsters.


Mold Alexandra 1 Nantlle Vale 0

After their FAW Amateur Trophy heroics of the previous weekend, Mold reached a second final in seven days at the expense of Nantlle Vale.

This Ardal Northern League Cup semi at Alyn Park stood at 0-0 for a long time before Ellis Hickey headed in a Danny Warren cross to give Alex the lead in the 92nd minute.

Nantlle finished with nine men after Ashley Owen and Rob Daniels both received two yellows in the latter stages.

Before grabbing the winner, Mold had done everything but score, both Warren and Joe Ormrod striking the goal frame.

Nantlle made life tough for the hosts, though, and backed by a good support gave it everything against the Ardal North West leaders and Trophy finalists.

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