LLanrug Utd 3 – 1 Llanrwst Utd
A depleted Llanrwst Utd travelled missing no fewer than ten first team players.
Aron Hughes & Callum Parry were asked not to play as they were representing Llandudno U19’s in a quarter final game against Flint U19’s on the Sunday. Paul Cassidy, Elliot LLewellyn had work commitments, Morgan Roberts (Family Commitments), Steffan Whiteley was attending the Wales V England six nation’s game, and Captain Leighton Griffiths was suspended after his red card against Trearddur Bay. Josh Francis, Hedd Williams and Chris Nicolson were all out through injured.
On a wet and windy day, on a very heavy Eithin Duon pitch, the game was all about who would take their chances early as the pitch was going to deteriorate the longer the game went on.
LLanrug Utd took the lead on nine minutes, Rwsters rear-guard failed to deal with the danger and striker Luke Phillips made no mistake from the opening, finishing well with a nice chip.
Things went from bad to worse for the Rwsters on 24 minutes, a perfectly weighted through ball from James Phillips for Jonathan Sadler to round Wright in the Llanrwst goal.
Llanrwst nearly equalised immediately, a nice turn and a powerful shot by Gene Faulkes was well saved by the ‘Rug’ keeper.
Another chances went begging for the Rwsters, this time Jac Parry beat his marker and he laid the ball back to Craig Carpenter but his effort couldn’t trouble the keeper.
As half time was approaching, Carl Griffiths hammered a cross in to the six yard box, but confusion between Wright and the excellent Gwyn Jones, saw the ball fall to Jonathan Sadler to tap in from two yards, 3-0 HT
Substitute Zach Williams scored from a well taken corner by stand in captain Al Roberts on 50 minutes. LLanrug Utd now looked nervous every time the Rwsters attacked, Williams going close again from a tight angle.
On 53 minutes, Roberts had a great shot from 25 yards, but his effort went inches passed the post.
As the rain kept coming down, the pitch became unplayable so both teams resorted to long ball tactics, but neither team could trouble the keepers. 3-1 FT
Barry Owen said: With so many players unavailable through one reason or another, it was always going to be difficult against a proven and solid Llanrug Utd side, especially on a heavy surface. The effort and commitment of the Llanrwst Utd team was second to none. If we keep putting performances like that in, then I’m sure we will get the results that we need.
Man Of The Match - Alun Roberts
Christian Wright, Barry Owen, Gwyn Jones, Barry Jones, Matt Mullender, Alun Roberts, Craig Carpenter, George Mitchell, Jac Parry, Gene Faulkes, Alex LLoyd
Zach Williams, Stephen Parry, Daniel Lycett