A big Saturday of JD Welsh Premier League action produced plenty of talking points as all three home sides secured important victories.
Cefn Druids 3-1 Cardiff Met
Druids Scorers: Davies 31', Piskorski 60', Mudimu 75'
Met Scorer: Lam 18'
An impressive second half performance powered Cefn Druids to a 3-1 win over Cardiff Met at the Rock.
A cagey opening fifteen minutes saw little in the way of goalmouth action. Adam Roscrow’s near post effort on 3’, which was comfortably dealt with by Michael Jones, the best either side mustered until Met took the lead on 18’.
A quick break freed Eliot Evans down the right, and his deep cross was met by Jordan Lam who rose tallest to power home the header.
The goal woke the home side up, and Nathan Peate should have equalised, heading Matty Owen’s corner wide when unmarked yards out. Arek Piskorski then linked up well with James Davies, freeing him down the right and then racing forward to meet the resulting cross which he sent into the side netting.
The two combined again just after the half hour mark, and this time Davies made no mistake. Good work in midfield from Piskorski saw him evade a couple of challenges, and he played a cutting through ball for Davies who stretched to place it beyond Dan Evans.
Roscrow then got in behind the home side again, latching onto a long ball from Emlyn Lewis which he flashed wide of Jones’ goal.
If the first half was pretty even, the second belonged to Druids. Piskorski was in the thick of things early on, creating a couple of half chances and giving the Met defence problems with his quick movement. It was the forward who put Druids in front on the hour, ghosting in behind the Met defence to nudge home past the advancing Evans.
Joel Edwards went close to levelling nine minutes later for Met, connecting with a Rees free kick at the back post but unable to find the target.
Unfortunately for Edwards, he was involved in the killer goal for the home side, his slip letting in Davies, who broke to the by-line and pulled back for Alec Mudimu to seal the points and send Druids above Met into fifth, which could be the difference between a home game or away trip in the playoffs.
Connah’s Quay Nomads 1-0 Bangor City
The Deeside Stadium
Connah’s Quay Nomads scorer: Callum Morris 58’
Andy Morrison saw out the entirety of his side’s victory over Bangor City in The JD Welsh Cup last weekend from the dugout, but this week he was sent to the stands after only a handful of minutes following a disagreement with the match officials in the opening stages.
Jay Catton then marshalled the home bench for The Nomads as both sides battled to take some form of control over the game in what was a very even opening 20 minutes or so to the fixture where neither side created a significant chance.
The biggest chance came at the end of the half and fell to the visitors, forcing John Danby to clear off his goal line before the ball fell to Alex Darlington, who couldn’t quite take full advantage, then Mike Wilde went down the other end and forced a big save out of Matthew Hall to ensure the score at the break was 0-0.
The Citizens hit the bar early in the second half, as Danby rushed out to clear a Dean Rittenberg chance, but he left his goal exposed in the process and Luke Wall picked up the rebound, only to strike the bar from 25 yards. Those finest of margins came back to bite the visitors moments later, as Callum Morris who headed beyond the onrushing Hall inside the hour mark.
The game then became somewhat more open as both sides looked to grab the next goal, but in the process Johnny Spittle was sent off for the home side, leaving them to see out the final half an hour with ten men.
Bangor threw everything at getting that crucial equaliser, and their biggest chance came in the final few minutes as the ball fell to Steve Hewitt who found space at close range in front of goal, but he poked his effort wayward and the visitors squandered the opportunity to equalise, as The Nomads saw out a crucial victory.
Carmarthen Town 3-2 Llandudno FC
Carmarthen Town scorers: Luke Bowen 1’, Aidan O’Kelly 47’, Liam Thomas 67’
Llandudno FC scorers: Lee Thomas 3’, Danny Shaw 46’
Getting two goals in the opening three minutes of a game is one thing, but to get it at the start of the second half too is something very special.
There was an awful lot riding on this game for the home side as it was, and they got off to what looked like the perfect start with a goal in the opening minute from Luke Bowen, before Lee Thomas pulled Llandudno level two minutes later.
The visitors flipped the trick at the start of the second half as Danny Shaw scored in the first minute to put Llandudno ahead for the first time in the match, before Aidan O’Kelly made it 2-2 and set up an incredible second half.
Liam Thomas, for The Old Gold, made it 3-2 to the home side from the penalty spot with 20 minutes to go, putting Carmarthen in a position to continue their fight for JDWPL survival into another week as they saw out the win. A crunch game against Aberystwyth awaits next week!