HIGHADMIT SOUTH WALES ALLIANCE DIVISION ONE
CORNELLY UTD ............ 5 AFC BUTETOWN .......... 3 WHEN Cornelly United led 4-0 after 37 minutes they seemed on course to hit double figures against lacklustre AFC Butetown at Meadow Street, writes Tony Poole.
But by the 80th minute, the Meadow Street boys were in a bit of a pickle, as they had been pegged back to 5-3.
However, with the Cornelly squad now ooz- ing talent and some big names listed as substitutes, manager Mark Dewar had to gradually empty the bench.
Not surprisingly they lost shape and were ultimately relieved to hear Port Talbot referee Matthew John blow the final whistle.
Once more up top Carl Owen was imperious form – garnishing another fivestar display with a hattrick - while William Thyer possesses all the talent in the world as does Lewis Willington.
On similar lines to the 4-0 win over Cadoxton the week before, Cornelly got three goals inside 25 minutes.
Dann Jones gave them a second-minute lead, capitalising on good work from Owen, and soon after Owen curled one in.
And when electric sweeper Matt Davies nodded home a Dann Jones corner on 25 minutes, Cornelly were in the driving seat.
A fine run from Thyer paved the way for Owen to make it 4-0 on 37 minutes, but the Meadow Street boys then downed tools.
In the 55th minute Abdi Osman found the top corner of the net with a free kick, but it seemed a mere consolation token when Owen completed a hattrick on 65 minutes, making it 5-1.
But goals from Robbie Islam and Josh Lima changed the complexion of a game that only seemed to be heading one way.
However, Cornelly wound down the clock to card back-to-back wins, and take possession of 11th spot in the table which late last month seemed like the impossible dream.