Glamorgan Gazette - - Football -

COR­NELLY UTD ............ 5 ABER VAL­LEY ............... 2

ON-FIRE Carl Owen made it eight goals in three games, as Cor­nelly United gained a third con­sec­u­tive league vic­tory, writes Tony Poole.

For­mer Porth­cawl Town star Owen is in the form of his life, and lowly Aber Val­ley failed to hold a light to him or young guns like Cal­lum Jones, Wil­liam Thyer and Rhys Jones.

And at the back cap­tain Shaun Duffy, Michael Wil­son and Kieran Jef­freys were also stand­out per­form­ers, as the Meadow Street boys con­tinue to show a mas­sive im­prove­ment.

The now tra­di­tional early Cor­nelly goal this time ar­rived in the sixth minute with Cal­lum Jones play­ing in Owen, who eas­ily got the mea­sure of Aber goal­keeper Shane Davies.

But right out of the blue Aber won a 14th-minute penalty that Ja­son James ri­fled past goal­keeper Luke Jones to square mat­ters.

How­ever, Cor­nelly con­tin­ued to look more men­ac­ing, and they were awarded a 27th-minute penalty after Owen was felled.

Cal­lum Jones sent Davies the wrong way with the en­su­ing penalty, and the Meadow Street boys led 2-1 at the break.

Owen twice went close for Cor­nelly on the restart be­fore a 52nd-minute ef­fort was only par­ried by goal­keeper Davies, and Thyer fol­lowed up to get a sec­ond goal for the club.

But once again the Meadow Street boys dis­played the ir­ri­tat­ing trait of switch­ing off – and were duly pun­ished from a 79th-minute cor­ner by Con­nor Li.

How­ever, the last 10 min­utes be­longed to Cor­nelly, and on 81 min­utes a re­mark­able Mark Evans run – dis­play­ing pace and guile not pre­vi­ously seen - led to Owen fin­ish­ing with aplomb.

And with just three min­utes to go, they signed off with an­other goal, Owen com­plet­ing a de­light­ful hat-trick from close range.

Next up for Cor­nelly is a South Wales Se­nior Cup clash away to Caer­philly club Cwrt Rawlin on Satur­day, and their next league game is home to rock-bot­tom Llantwit Fardre on Satur­day week.

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