Chap­lin strikes gold in goal rush

Four-timer pow­ers cup suc­cess

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

PORTH­MADOG face a tough trip to Con­nah’s Quay No­mads in the last 16 of the JD Welsh Cup.

Mon­day’s fourth round draw saw Craig Papirnyk’s side land an away test against the Welsh Premier giants at the end of Jan­uary.

No­mads have qual­i­fied for Europe for the past two sea­sons and are among the WPL ti­tle chal­lengers this term.

Port ad­vanced to the next stage of the na­tional knock­out with a 7-2 tri­umph over Welsh League Di­vi­sion Three vis­i­tors Pan­teg last Satur­day.

The un­der­dogs took a shock lead after just six min­utes thanks to a top qual­ity goal from their best player Lewis Iles.

This was the wake-up call Port needed, and they soon piled on the pres­sure.

In the 11th minute Sion Bradley’s low cross to the back post was con­verted by Joe Chap­lin from close range.

Port put them­selves ahead when Ju­lian Wil­liams was brought down in the box and Chap­lin net­ted straight down the mid­dle from the spot.

Chap­lin soon com­pleted a 15-minute hat-trick, cap­i­tal­is­ing on good work down the left by Bradley and Josh Banks, who de­liv­ered the telling cross.

The first-half scor­ing was com­pleted just be­fore the in­ter­val when Chap­lin this time was the cre­ator, with a flicked header to put Ju­lian Wil­liams through to run on past the ad­vanc­ing keeper and score into an empty net.

At the start of the sec­ond half the vis­i­tors showed they were not in­ter­ested in dam­age lim­i­ta­tion as they pushed for­ward with Iles, from the off, prov­ing that given the op­por­tu­nity he could still pro­vide a threat. He was only nar­rowly wide of the tar­get when he broke down the right.

Port were forced to con­cede a cor­ner soon after when Richard Har­vey had to push Brad Baker’s cross over the bar.

On the hour, dan­ger man Iles notched his sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon.

As in the first half, the goal only served as a sig­nal for Port to raise their game once more.

Within a minute they had added a fifth with Bradley down the left cut­ting along the by­line and lift­ing a cross to the back post for Chap­lin to head his fourth.

Port were now very much back in charge again with wave after wave of at­tacks. An er­ror by keeper Mark Randall contributed to a sixth home goal as he could only par­tially stop Ju­lian Wil­liams from con­vert­ing Gareth Jones Evans’ near post cross.

Jones Evans late on com­pleted the scor­ing. Ifan Em­lyn had opened the Pan­teg de­fence with a low ball into the box. The keeper blocked Cai Jones’ pow­er­ful ef­fort but Jones Evans net­ted the re­bound.

This Satur­day sees Port re­turn to league ac­tion in the Huws Gray Al­liance with a home clash against Flint Town United (2.30pm).

● Porth­madog’s four-goal hero Joe Chap­lin cel­e­brates a re­cent goal against Caernar­fon

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