North Wales Coast East League: Phoenix top, 10 goals for Llanfairfechan, Amateurs into semis

Joey Fontana (green) tries his luck from a free kick for Y Glannau against Rhos United. Picture: MATT JOHNSON – many thanks again Matt


Premier Division

Abergele 4 Llanfairfechan Town 10

To score 10 goals on the road is a pretty rare feat in football, but Llanfairfechan achieved just that at Eirias Park on Saturday.

Before kick off, Town were level on points in the Premier Division table with opponents Abergele, but that situation bore no resemblance to the final score.

Six of the away goals were scored by one family – the Croston brothers, who continue to shine as three of the finest players the club has produced in recent years.

Elliot Croston put Llanfair ahead on 10 minutes and although James Lloyd levelled after 15, goals from Osian Roberts, Thomas Croston and Lewis Mitchell made it 4-1 to Town come half time.

Jack Lloyd-Williams pulled one back for Gele early in the second half, but in no time Thomas Croston notched his second and Harry Croston opened his account on the hour.

It was tough enough for Abergele with 11 men on the field, but when Lewis Moroney was shown a second yellow with 69 gone, things got worse for the Premier newcomers, near unbeatable last season but struggling badly in 2023-24.

Thomas Croston completed his hat-trick for 7-2, Jack Hoult cut the arrears, but sub Ellis Jones made it 8-3 with 72 gone.

Another replacement, Rhys Brook, notched Town’s ninth on 84, sub Hoult soon scooped his second for Gele, but Elliot Croston had the last word by bringing up double figures for the visitors.

CPD Cerrigydrudion 3 Kinmel Bay 3

Tegid Williams’ equaliser six minutes into added time at the end of the match denied Kinmel Bay maximum points.

Llion Thomas gave Cerrig a 14th minute lead, and things looked grim for Bay when Mason Richards was sent off for the second successive game.

Cerrig’s coach was shown a red card on 27 before Tate Walker equalised for the 10 men with 36 on the clock.

Tomos Watkin-Jones edged Cerrig back in front on 65, but Kinmel refused to fold and made it all-square through Connor Morris after 76 before striker Morris looked to have won it with a penalty a minute into overtime.

However, there was one last twist with that Williams leveller for Cerrig.

Llandyrnog United 3 Rhuddlan Town 1

Late goals from David Lawson-Cooke and Shaun Davies banked three points for Llandyrnog and brought a run of five defeats to a welcome end for the Vale of Clwyd villagers.

For bottom side Rhuddlan it was a 12th loss on the bounce.

Joel Rowlands struck first for Dyrny on 11 minutes, but Andy Booker made it one-apiece after 21.

And that is how it stayed until Lawson-Cooke converted a penalty on 76 minutes.

Davies made sure of the points with an 87th minute net-finder.

Penmaenmawr Phoenix 2 CPD Bro Cernyw 1

Phoenix sit top of the Premier after a narrow win over Cernyw at Cae Sling.

Mezz Knight’s 87th minute decider made it three victories on the spin for Phoenix.

After a goalless first half, Robin Hughes nudged Cernyw in front five minutes into the second period.

Following a number of substitutions from the home side, Daniel Williams plundered an 82nd minute equaliser from a Liam Griffiths assist, then Lee Stokes set up Knight for the winner.

Division One

Betws-y-Coed 1 Prestatyn Wanderers 2

After a sequence of seven losses, Prestatyn Wanderers stopped the rot with a hard-fought victory at Betws.

Ben Ellis put the visitors into a sixth-minute lead and although Betws-y-Coed managed a leveller after 16, 49-year-old substitute Ian Hannah netted what turned out to be the winner for Wanderers in the 52nd minute.

Bow 7 CPD Caer Clwyd 1

Leaders Bow made it eight league wins back-to-back with a comfortable victory over Caer Clwyd, who suffered a seventh straight loss.

Loui O’Carroll pocketed a hat-trick for the hosts, Robbie Parry and Greg Hall adding two apiece, while Thomas Wynne claimed a consolation for the visitors.

CPD Y Glannau 5 Rhos United 3

Y Glannau (green) and Rhos battle for the ball. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

Five different marksmen appeared on the scoresheet for Y Glannau in what was a hard-earned win over a determined Rhos.
Harrison Bellis set the ball rolling for the hosts by opening the scoring in the 16th minute with his 30th first team goal of the campaign (32 in total) in just 12 (13) outings.

Chris Bower doubled the home lead on 27, Billy Bibby halved the deficit after 35, but Chris McQuillen made it 3-1 two minutes later.

Josh MacGillivray and Luke Stanley extended the margin to 5-1 early in the second half, but late replies from Ray Lee and Chris King made the final score far more respectable from a United point of view.

Penrhyn Bay P Henllan P

Rhyl Dragons P Llysfaen P

REM Jones Cup

Llandudno Amateurs 4 Glan Conwy 0

Llandudno Amateurs captain Joe Jones (red – No8) threatens to score. Picture: MARED WYN – many thanks

Azz Rogers (2), Joe Jones and Morgan Davies shared the goals as Llandudno Amateurs marched on into the semi-finals of the REM Jones Cup for Division One sides.

Due to Glan’s pitch being deemed unplayable, the tie was switched to the John Bright Leisure Centre grass surface in Llandudno.

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