Cardiff MET 5-0 Cefn Druids
MET Scorers: Charlie Corsby 12', 23', Jordan Lam 36', 90', Chris Baker 87'
MET Manager Dr Christian Edwards was holistic when speaking to FAW.Cymru earlier in the season as his side secured their first points of the season away to Huw Griffiths' Cefn Druids, noting the value of the point in the context of Cardiff's season - especially coming against a fellow promoted side - and was looking forward to the reverse fixture which would give The Students the opportunity to take four points of a possible six from Druids.
With that reverse fixture taking place today in the capital, Edwards' excitement towards the match was repaid with aplomb as his young side rushed into an early 2-0 lead thanks to a brace from Charlie Corsby.
The PhD Student nailed MET's first effort from a corner after 12 minutes, before burying a brilliant right-footed strike from 25 yards, leaving the Druids stopper with no chance before the wizardry of Jordan Lam saw the forward notch MET's third before halftime.
MET could have had one or two more goals than they eventually ended up getting in the second half, truth be told, but they were too intent on walking the ball into the back of the net at times, and couldn't convert the chances they created. Chris Baker opted for a change of tactics to notch MET's fourth goal though, smashing a 30-yard shot into the back of the net with three minutes to go, before Jordan Lam scored again, rocketing his side back into the Top Six, putting a difficult couple of results behind them with an emphatic victory.
GAP Connah's Quay 2-2 Bangor City
The Deeside Stadium
GAP Scorers: River Humphreys (OG) 8', Mike Wilde 68'
Bangor City Scorers: Rodrigo Branco 27', Brayden Shaw 75'
Second versus third was the order of business today in North-East Wales as The Dafabet Welsh Premier League's top ranking Andy's - GAP's Andy Morrison and City's Andy Legg - took each other on in a very even encounter!
Somewhat cruel circumstances saw Bangor go behind inside ten minutes, with River Humphreys prodding beyond his own 'keeper as he tried to deal with a cross to give The Nomads a 1-0 lead. Rodrigo Branco made Dafabet Welsh Premier League history when scoring the equaliser for Bangor, becoming the first Brazilian ever to score a goal in the league when he netted after 27 minutes to bring the scores level in a very competitive half!
GAP seemed to take control somewhat in the second half, with a lot of probing and possession in dangerous areas, although it rarely resulted in anything, whilst Bangor were much more effective with the possession they had.
Substitute Mike Wilde appeared to be able to make the difference for GAP though, as he was able to put away an excellent cross from Nathan Woolfe after 68 minutes to put Andy Morrison's men back in front, before a belter from Brayden Shaw from 25 yards out brought Bangor level again in a fantastically competitive encounter between two top sides that finished 2-2 after 90 minutes to see The New Saints extend their lead over GAP at the top of The Dafabet Welsh Premier League table.
Bala Town 3-3 Airbus UK Broughton
Bala Town Scorers: Lee Hunt 51', 75', Mike Hayes 88'
Airbus Scorers: Kevin Monteiro 26', 31', Matty McGinn 57'
The mostly positive start by Colin Caton's men to life back at Maes Tegid following the completion of their 3G Pitch development appeared to be pretty much destroyed within half an hour this Sunday by Andy Thomas' Airbus.
Kevin Monteiro's brace gave Bala a mountain to climb as the usually defensively strong Lakesiders seemed porous for a period and The Wingmakers capitalised emphatically.
The home side were awarded a penalty not long after the second period began, which Lee Hunt duly converted to bring Bala back into the game, but Airbus were awarded a penalty of their own just minutes later which Matty McGinn buried to restore The Wingmakers' two-goal cushion.
Bala just failed to click in the crucial areas, as they had a lot of possession, seemed to get into many favourable offensive positions, but they were just too wasteful or indecisive at times in the second half. Lee Hunt did score again after 75 minutes to set up a nervy finish at Maes Tegid with the scores at 3-2, and Bala did throw practically everything at The Wingmakers in pursuit of the equaliser that looked like it would never come at times in this game, but incredibly, it did come, through Mike Hayes! With two minutes of regulation time left to play, Hayes had one effort tipped over just moments previously, before burying the equaliser and sending Maes Tegid into meltdown after Bala had come back to draw a game that looked well beyond them just under an hour prior!
What a weekend for Welsh domestic football - writes WPL correspondent Jamie Thomas.
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