Glamorgan Gazette - - Football -

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.

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