Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 12 Apr 2008
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Mark Whitby
LLANELLI, already assured of the title thanks to a surprise helping hand from Airbus UK the night before, were celebrating their first-ever championship triumph twice over on Deeside yesterday after their latest victory - their 26th of the season. Airbus took all the pressure off Peter Nicholas' men with that unexpected 2-0 win over Llanelli's only remaining rivals The New Saints to allow the Reds a virtual lap of honour at the Deeside Stadium.
But the Nomads, out to avenge a 4-0 defeat in their December meeting at Stebonheath Park, were not prepared to roll over and counted themselves unlucky not to have pulled off a notable scalping to equal that of neighbouring Airbus. Nomads showed they had learned a few lessons from that previous experience by dropping an iron curtain that left Llanelli struggling for chances.
Relaxed at having averted the threat of relegation, composed Nomads held the champions in check throughout a deadlocked first half and were unlucky to see a fine effort by Ged Courtney thud against the woodwork on 15 minutes. Nomads keeper Paul Pritchard hardly had a shot of note to save as his team more than held their own, with Mark Cadwallader only inches wide with a fierce drive from 20 yards.
Then, a Llanelli freekick was headed clear but only as far as Rhys Griffiths lurking near the edge of the box and before anyone could get in a tackle the Llanelli hero had steered a shot beyond the reach of Pritchard.