Town’s Trophy dreams broken
LLANGEFNI TOWN’S dreams of lifting the FAW Trophy for a second time in their history were dashed when they lost 2-0 to giant-killers Penydarren BGC in last Saturday’s quarter-final in South Wales.
The disappointment came three days after the Anglesey team boosted their chances of winning the Welsh Alliance Division One title with a 2-1 victory at leaders Conwy Borough.
Town failed to produce the same level of performance in a last-eight Trophy battle switched to Merthyr Town’s Penydarren Park.
Cefni adapted better to the 4G surface early on, knocking the ball around quite well and looking dangerous on the break.
Penydarren’s Ben Jones was carried off after twisting his ankle following an accidental challenge and it was the introduction of substitute Joshua Brogden that kicked-off the hosts. Straight away, Jones’s cross-field ball fell into the path of Christopher Colvin Owens, who hit a first-time shot off the post.
All Penydarren’s good play was started by Brogden and he had a shout for a penalty after being pulled back but the officials waved it away.
Both sides went into the break even.
The second half was all about Penydarren. Cefni look to have weathered the early storm when a sloppy back pass was intercepted by top-scorer Owens, who lashed in the opener.
Penydarren were now in control and late on substitute Connor Keating was brought down in the area and Brogden converted the penalty to put the tier-five South Wales Alliance Premier Division side, still unbeaten in all competitions this season, through to the semi-finals.
JAMES SAXON (pictured in blue) scored the winner as Llangefni came away from Conwy with a crucial win last Wednesday.
Cefni took the lead when a quick counterattack saw Harry Galeotti through on goal with just the keeper to beat but he was brought down when about to shoot.
The referee pointed to the spot and Iwan Jones made no mistake.
Boro levelled on 40 minutes when Sion Hogan broke down the left and rode two challenges before finding the far corner with a low drive.
Town made a good start to the second half and took a deserved lead on the hour when Saxon scored with a looping header after a poor punch by the goalkeeper.