Llan­ner­chymedd lose thriller at Cefn

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LLAN­NER­CHYMEDD went out of the Welsh Cup af­ter a 3-2 thriller at Welsh Na­tional League out­fit Cefn Al­bion.

The An­gle­sey side trav­elled to the Wrex­ham area still light on play­ers due to in­juries, work com­mit­ments and the shock move of striker Mark Grif­fith back to Gwalchmai.

Al­bion at­tacked hard from the whis­tle and with only five min­utes on the clock a beau­ti­fully floated free kick from out left led to cap­tain Paul Grif­fith leap­ing high­est to head past keeper David Clarke.

The visi­tors lev­elled on nine min­utes when Jamie Jones found him­self free on the right wing. With a quick glance Jones saw the run of young­ster Ryan Wood down the cen­tre,

Wood took the pass in his stride, slot­ting be­tween de­fend­ers Foulkes and Grif­fiths and to the left of keeper Ryan Roberts.

This shock re­sponse knocked the hosts as Llan started to play football like they know they can, but have failed to do of late.

They at­tacked left, right and down the cen­tre, but the fi­nal ball was lack­ing as Cefn’s big de­fend­ers cleared any dan­ger.

An un­der-hit pass by Llan’s

Pic: ELFRYN OWEN Pat Roberts to Wood saw the ball snatched and a home at­tack be­gan.

De­fender To­mos Jones chased and clipped the heal of the at­tacker, down he went and a penalty was awarded.

Up stepped the cool head of Sean Jones to edge his team in front.

The hosts could have stretched the lead as an offthe-ball tus­sle be­tween Pat Roberts for Llan and Alex Wil­liams for Al­bion saw the ref­eree award another spot-kick.

This time Clarke saved from Jones, en­sur­ing it stayed 2-1 up to the break.

The sec­ond half pro­duced end-to-end football, but also some strange de­ci­sions from the of­fi­cials to the detri­ment of both sides.

In the 54th minute Cefn in­creased their lead as a slip by Dy­lan Owen al­lowed a cross to en­ter the box and Nathan Wil­liams shot sweetly past the rooted Clarke.

Matthew Jones replied for Medd in the 88th minute but it was Al­bion who pro­gressed.

Llan­ner­chymedd travel to fel­low WAL Di­vi­sion Two side Mynydd Llan­de­gai for an FAW Tro­phy round two tie this Satur­day.

Ryan Wood cel­e­brates a goal for Llan­ner­chymedd with Cal­lum McMin­imee and Matthew Jones

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