Vale crash out

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

NANTLLE Vale crashed out of the Mawd­dach Chal­lenge Cup to a late goal from Llan­dudno Al­bion’s Adam Hold in a 3-2 de­feat at Maesdu Park last Satur­day.

Vale went into the game un­beaten in Di­vi­sion One and look­ing like po­ten­tial ti­tle chal­lengers this sea­son, while Al­bion had been on a very rare poor run of form.

Nantlle made a great start when Ash­ley Owen scored first af­ter just three min­utes.

The home side set­tled and the rest of the half was pretty even, but it re­mained 1-0.

Five min­utes into the sec­ond half, the lev­eller came. Joel Lloyd’s vol­ley bounced back off the cross­bar and there was Lee Thomas to make it 1-1 from close range.

The tie was turned on its head when Ricky Jones’ well-timed pass picked out Thomas who fin­ished well to edge the hosts in front.

Nantlle were far from fin­ished, though, and Rhys Wil­liams put away a 69th minute penalty to make it two-apiece.

It was now any­one’s tie but, just when ex­tra time loomed, Al­bion’s Ash­ley Bea­call cleared off the line and the home team launched a counter.

Al­bion broke fast and Ricky Jones played in Hold, who net­ted a dra­matic late goal to send the hold­ers through.

Else­where in the Mawd­dach, To­mos Saynor’s goal was not enough to save Llan­beris from a 3-1 de­feat at Llangefni Town, while Welsh Al­liance Di­vi­sion One side Pen­rhyn­deu­draeth suf­fered a shock 2-1 loss at home to Di­vi­sion Two Holy­head Town, Meilir Wil­liams (pen) the home marks­man. Picture: Steve Lewis

Y Felinheli went out 2-1 at Pen­traeth in ex­tra time, Gruff John hav­ing edged the vis­i­tors ahead.

In the Take Stock Van Hire Chal­lenge Cup, Pwll­heli went out 4-1 at Llan­nefydd, Ifan Gwilym with a con­so­la­tion for a vis­it­ing side miss­ing key reg­u­lars.

Per­fect Porthmadog Re­serves made it 10 straight wins in the Re­serves Di­vi­sion as they whipped Llangefni Town Re­serves 5-0 at Y Traeth last Fri­day.

Cai Hen­shaw (2), Rhys Hughes, Dion Roberts and Math Roberts struck for a Port out­fit which led 4-0 at half time.

● Ac­tion from Nantlle Vale’s nar­row Mawd­dach Chal­lenge Cup exit to Llan­dudno Al­bion

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