CHIRK AAA were crowned inaugural champions of the Tier 3 Ardal North East League in tremendous style this afternoon when they beat Berriew 4-0 at Holyhead Road.
Needing just a point from their penultimate game to seal a first title since winning the Welsh National League Premier Division in 2012-13, the Colliers delivered in clinical fashion in front of their magnificent supporters.
Ashton Williams got the party started with a 27th minute opening goal and a Dale Davies penalty on the half-hour put the champagne on ice.
Tomos Williams made it 3-0 just before the hour and Jack Edwards added a fourth in the 69th minute.
Joshua Jones, Jake Jones James Rogers 87), Adam Williams, Jake Ellison, Matty Williams, Nathan Lavender (Jake Simms 82), Jack Edwards (Liam Sklenar 72), Ashton Williams, Dale Davies, Louie Middlehurst (Will Evans 87), Tomos Williams (Lewis Clamp 72)
HOW THE TITLE WAS WON
Chirk could not have made a better start to life in the new Tier 3 Ardal North East League, winning their first 12 matches on the bounce.
The only mini-blip of their season came in December, when they crashed 5-2 at chief title rivals of the time Llanfair United and then went down 2-1 away to Rhos Aelwyd.
They would only lose one more league game – at home to another title hopeful Caersws in February.
Andrew Pryde’s men then went on a title-clinching run of nine straight wins in which they saw off both Llanfair and Cefn Albion, scoring 27 times and conceding just the once.
With 25 wins in 29 matches and only three losses, Chirk AAA are very worthy champions.
ARDAL NORTH EAST LEAGUE RESULTS
Aug 1: Dolgellau AA (h) W 4-0
Aug 4: Corwen (a) W 5-0
Aug 14: Penycae (a) W 6-1
Aug 17: Rhos Aelwyd (h) W 4-1
Aug 25: Four Crosses (a) W 2-1
Aug 29: Welshpool Town (h) W 4-0
Sep 25: Kerry (h) W 14-0
Oct 2: Penparcau (a) W 3-1
Oct 9: Cefn Albion (h) W 2-1
Oct 23: Carno (h) W 4-0
Oct 30: Berriew (a) W 2-0
Nov 6: Bow Street (h) W 3-0
12 straight league wins to start the season
Nov 20: Penycae (h) D 2-2
Nov 27: Dolgellau AA (a) W 2-0
Dec 4: Llanfair United (a) L 2-5
First league defeat in 15th game
Dec 18: Rhos Aelwyd (a) L 1-2
Jan 15: Four Crosses (h) W 6-1
Jan 29: Machynlleth (a) W 6-0
Feb 4: Welshpool Town (a) W 2-1
Feb 12: Caersws (h) L 2-3
Feb 26: Penparcau (h) W 4-0
Mar 5: Cefn Albion (a) W 2-0
Mar 12: Llanfair United (h) W 2-0
Mar 19: Carno (a) W 2-0
Apr 2: Kerry (a) W 4-0
Apr 9: Bow Street (a) W 2-1
Apr 12: Corwen (h) W 3-0
Apr 16: Machynlleth (h) W 4-0
Apr 24: Berriew (h) W 4-0
Nine straight wins to clinch the title
To play: Apr 30 – Caersws (a)
League record: Played 29 Won 25 Drawn 1 Lost 3 GF 103 GA 20 Pts 76