Date: Fri 08 Feb 2019

#JDWPL Friday Roundup – MD24

Big games in the top and bottom half took place tonight in the JDWPL. Read on to find out more.

Cefn Druids didn’t have a game tonight but tried their best to steal the headlines by signing Wales C International midfielder Danny Gosset on loan from Bala Town before the matches kicked off.

The three fixtures tonight did their best to steal the headlines back from The Rock though, with 19 goals scored in three games. Read on to find out more.

The New Saints 5-0 Newtown AFC
Park Hall
The New Saints scorer: Ryan Brobbel 15’, Jack Bodenham 45+1’, Jamie Mullan 49’, Greg Draper 75’, 90’

It was also a nightmare start to this game for the champions as a stray back-pass from Simon Spender allowed Newtown’s Nick Rushton in on goal one-v-one, but Paul Harrison did well to get out and force him to run the ball to out of play, scuppering the danger.

It was The New Saints who took an early lead as Ryan Brobbel stole the ball off the toes of a Newtown defender after 15 minutes, racing in behind the visiting defence, before driving an effort into the far corner of the goal for 1-0.

It was a tight game between the two sides, and clear-cut chances in the first half in particular were hard to come by, but Scott Ruscoe’s side bagged their second at a crucial juncture in first half stoppage time - Jack Bodenham got on the end of a free-kick from Brobbel to double TNS' advantage; the youngster’s first goal since moving to Park Hall on loan.

The home side began the second half much better as Brobbel turned provider again to find Jamie Mullan inside the box and he powered a volley beyond the Newtown stopped for 3-0 after 49 minutes.

Coming off the bench, the current JDWPL Golden Boot holder Greg Draper added a fourth to close the gap to Steve Tames at the top of the league’s scoring charts, and he bagged another in the final minute to tie with Tames on 17 goals for the league season so far and make it 5-0.

Connah’s Quay Nomads 6-2 Caernarfon Town
The Deeside Stadium
Connah’s Quay Nomads scorers: Callum Morris 9’, 29’, 32’, Adam Barton 71’, Michael Wilde 82’, Michael Bakare 83’
Caernarfon Town scorers: Nathan Craig 23’, Cai Jones 55’

It was an ideal start for Andy Morrison’s side against Sean Eardley’s high-flying Caernarfon as Callum Morris tucked home what would be his first goal of a very fruitful night for the Nomads number eight, after Michael Bakare did well to find the midfielder some 10 yards out for Morris to smash the ball home for 1-0.

Caernarfon battled back into the game well, and were awarded what was to be the first of three first half penalties as Adam Barton conceded a foul in the area which gave Nathan Craig an opportunity to step up and bag the equaliser from the spot.

Whilst Craig rarely misses from the spot, neither does the Nomads’ Morris and so he stepped up confidently to tuck away what would be two quickfire penalties for the home side following fouls on Michael Wilde and Bakare respectively, which Morris tucked away to bag his hat-trick after 32 minutes.

The Cofis had a great chance to pull a goal back with two minutes to play in the first half, but it went agonisingly wide – Cai Jones wasted little time rectifying that in the second half though as he made it 3-2 with 55 minutes played and set up a tantalising conclusion to this game.

With Caernarfon pushing really hard to make it 3-3, Barton produced a big moment for the Nomads to make up for his earlier error and bag the goal that made it 4-2 to the home side on his home debut after good work out wide by Jake Phillips.

Wilde widened the gap with ten minutes to go as a low cross from Danny Holmes put the ball on a plate for the veteran striker to tuck home from six yards out for 5-2, before Bakare added another less than a minute later for 6-2.

A good night for the Nomads was blighted somewhat late on as George Horan received a straight red card after being deemed to have denied Caernarfon a clear goal-scoring opportunity, but still the home side walked away with an impressive victory to retain top spot for another week.

Llanelli Town 2-4 Aberystwyth Town
Stebonheath Park
Llanelli Town scorers: Joe Clarke 57’, Joe Hunt 64’
Aberystwyth Town scorers: Paulo Mendes 41’, Wes Baynes 43’, Geoff Kellaway 45+2’, 62’

And last but certainly not least on this bonkers evening of JDWPL football, Llanelli and Aberystwyth played out an absolute belter of a fixture packed with chances, goals and drama throughout.

Aber had the best of the chances in the first half, however it looked like they might not score after good efforts from Ashley Ruane, Chris Jones and Ryan Wollacott were either saved superbly by Scott Coughlan or wasted at the last moment.

At the end of the first half, the floodgates opened, as three goals in six minutes put Aber in a commanding position – each more spectacular than the last, too!

Paulo Mendes nodded home a nice goal to open the scoring from a Matthew Jones cross, before Wes Baynes went and scored directly from a corner and Geoff Kellaway sent a piledriver into the top corner from 30 yards out to see the game go from 0-0 to 3-0 in the blink of an eye.

Three quick goals in the second half added to the drama as well, as Llanelli cut the deficit with a Joe Clarke strike, only for Kellaway to restore Aber’s three -goal cushion, with the Reds then pulling another one back with Joe Hunt burying a free-kick.

Llanelli were unable to close the gap, meaning Aber secured victory in this thoroughly entertaining fixture and headed top of the Playoff Conference provisionally, pending Cardiff Met’s result against Cefn Druids on Sunday.

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