Llanrwst Utd welcomed Llandudno Albion to Gwydir Park for the first time last Tuesday evening. It was the first time the teams had met in the Welsh Alliance after Llandudno Albion's promotion to Division One.
The teams met last year in a Cup game, the Rwsters nicked that one 1-2, winning goal coming in the last minute by Aron Hughes.
Luke Regan's team travelled the short distance in a confident manor, coming off two good wins, The latest was at Llanberis in the Welsh Cup, but Llanrwst had started their season in an impressive manor themselves, picking up good wins at Barmouth on the opening day of the season, along with a good home win versus Llandyrnog Utd and progressing to the next round of the Welsh Cup with a 4-6 win away at Waunfawr.
Albion were missing their talisman, Chris Quinn and Jordan Kane from the match day squad but the Rwsters were boosted by summer signing Chris Beardmore being available after his holiday.
On six minutes, Aron Hughes intercepted Jack Atherton on the left hand side of the pitch, before finding Callum Parry on the edge of the box, Parry powered his way into the box before Albion Captain Joel Lloyd brought him down. Up stepped Parry, who calmly finished from 12 yards. 1-0
Albion began to dominate possession and Luke Fountain, Dave Maddox, Adam Hold and Joel Lloyd all had efforts at goal but unfortunately didn't test Loui Harris in the Rwsters goal.
Dave Maddox didn't have to wait long to rectify his previous miss as Fountain delivered a great cross from the right, a poor header out by Sam Tidswell fell to Maddox, who smashed the ball past Harris. 1-1.
At Half Time, Albion brought on Mike Williams (who's since departed the Club to join Llandudno Athletic) but it was his pass that was again intercepted by Hughes, his speed and skill got him into the box, this time Anthony Marshall was the victim and gave the referee no choice but to award another penalty. Parry sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 2-1.
With an hour played, the ever impressive Morgan Owen got his fourth goal of the season and what a goal it was. Owen played a quick one two with Elliot Llewelyn before unleashing an unstoppable shot from 35 yards, one of the best goals to be seen at Gwydir Park in recent years.
Llandudno Albion tried to get back in to the game to no avail as the stubborn Rwsters back line won everything that was thrown at them. Llanrwst Utd were unlucky not to add further goals - Hughes, Parry and Owen forcing good saves from the Albion custodian.
Winning Manager Barry Owen added: I'm so pleased to get another Win at home, against a top side. Albion have had great success over the last few years and have started this year really well, so we knew they would have the winning mentality and wouldn't give up so we had to match them in every position and the boys were excellent.
Action from LLanrwst Utd 3-1 home win at Gwydir Park on Tuesday evening. Pictures Courtesy of Heath Roberts - LLanrwst