After a disappointing result against Nantlle Vale, a 4-2 defeat, Llanrwst Utd were looking to bounce back, they made 3 changes to the starting line-up. In came Steffan Whiteley, Josh Francis and youngster Jac Parry to the starting eleven, Barry Jones and George Mitchell dropping to the bench, and Alun Roberts was unavailable.
On 6 minutes, Josh Francis beat the Darans left back, James Hughes, and delivered a great ball to the back post, with centre half Gethin Wakeham heading the ball for a corner. From the resulting corner, Leighton Griffiths nearly gave the Rwsters the lead but his header was well saved by keeper Louis Williams. Williams quick thinking found Guto LLywellyn with a massive kick, LLywellyn beat his man but Christian Wright saved the day again for The Rwsters, Wright getting down low to his left and pushing the ball round the post for a corner kick.
In a frantic first ten minutes, that man LLywellyn, found himself on the edge of the box but as he went to shoot, the referee thought he was pulled back by Whiteley. However the referee deciding not to punish the Rwsters defender but awarded the Darans a free kick in a dangerous position.
Rhys Jones free kick was saved comfortably, again by Wright.
The game began to settle and the Rwsters grew in to the game, The pace and trickery of Jac Parry causing all kind of problems.
With 22 minutes on the clock, a Matt Mullender ball found Matt Beach, his one two with Callum Parry left the Darans defence stranded, a great curling effort by Beach was well saved by Louis Williams.
The first half was nearly up when Callum Parry found room to turn in the box, but his effort going agonisingly wide.
Llanrwst Utd and Llanberis management would have been pleased with their teams performance, with the first goal always looking like it could seal the points on the day.
As the second half began, off came left back James Hughes for the Darans and on came Dylan Thomas. Thomas is quality on the ball and his energy down the left was impressive for the Darans but the Rwsters own right back Leon Doran was always a threat going down the right.
On 52 minutes, Craig Carpenter was replaced, with Tom Casey entering the field. A change in shape and formation added more of a threat for the Rwsters going forward, Thomas pace and power always looked like it would have an impact on the game.
Gerard Laidlaw wanted to prove his own point for the Darans, after only minutes of being on the field, his effort was superbly saved by Wright, a save that was worthy of a higher standard of play.
With the game being end to end going in to the last ten minutes, a well taken corner found Captain Leighton Griffiths, his header towards the back post was met perfectly by Steffan Whiteley to give Llanrwst the lead.
The last minutes of the game was thrilling for the supporters of both teams, Callum Parry again bringing the best out of Williams in the Darans goal on two occasions, after good play by Casey. Jonathan Cyster and LLion Jones going close to equalise but for LLanberis but a saving tackle by Jac Parry made sure the Rwsters sealed a valuable 3 points.
Management Barry Owen, Rhodri Davies and Iestyn Williams were delighted to get the points: We asked the players for a reaction after last week, and we couldn’t fault anyone. The commitment from the first minute to the very last is what we expect from a Llanrwst Utd side. The save from Chris Wright is worthy of another mention though, and he’s been top class since he came in.
Jac's tackle epitomised our effort today and that is something we will need again next week against a hard working Glan Conwy side.
The Rwsters are at home to Glan Conwy this coming Saturday, with a 2.30pm Kick Off.