Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport -

ENCOED Ath­letic pulled off the re­sult of the day in round two of the South Wales Al­liance W J Owen Open Cup in tak­ing the scalp of hold­ers Blaen­rhondda, writes Tony Poole.

The Felin­dre Road boys tri­umphed 5-4 in ex­tra time after lead­ing 3-0 at half time, and 4-3 deep into time added on.

They got off to an ex­plo­sive start with two goals from dy­na­mite Jack Delve while Evan Price net­ted just be­fore the break.

Back came the cup hold­ers to level on 3-3 be­fore sub­sti­tute Shaun Wil­liams gave Pen­coed back the lead on 75 min­utes.

But a con­tentious 95th-minute hand­ball penalty then made it 4-4 and dur­ing ex­tra time, a 10th goal from top scorer Shaun Wil­liams gave Mark Pow­ell’s side a de­served suc­cess.

The names of Cefn Cribwr, Garw and Porth­cawl Town will also go in to the hat for the draw in­volv­ing the 16 sur­viv­ing clubs.

Cefn tri­umphed 5-2 over Baglan Dragons dur­ing a high-scor­ing tie in their den at the Evans Be­vans.

Back in Au­gust, the Rid­ers de­feated the Dragons 3-1 in the league at Betws, but this time around they made a slow start and leaked the open­ing goal dur­ing early knock­ings.

Tom Har­ris equalised after a Dan Jenkins free kick hit a post while su­perb work from Rob Sy­mons en­abled danc­ing Danny Woolfenden to waltz them into a lead they never sur­ren­dered.

An­other Woolfenden strike made it 3-1 at half time, and he com­pleted a siz­zling hat-tick mid­way through the se­cond half.

Though the Dragons briefly breathed fire and made it 4-2, a late Rob Sy­mons goal com­pleted an em­phatic win ahead of a key league clash on Satur­day at Pre­mier Di­vi­sion lead­ers Caer­philly.

Garw won 2-0 at Co­gan Corona­tion with goals ei­ther side of half time from top scorer Lewis James and Rhys Jor­dan.

The Blandy boys were well served by bud­ding cap­tain Nathan Rose, Shaun Wil­liams and Willy Row­lands.

For a se­cond con­sec­u­tive week Porth­cawl wel­comed Aber Val­ley to Lock’s Lane - and this time they carded a 3-1 win.

Hav­ing beaten an Aber­tridwr side that fin­ished with just nine men in the league, 3-0, the pre­vi­ous week, on this oc­ca­sion the vis­i­tors went down to 10 men dur­ing the early stages.

Top scorer Jorge Crofts was on the score­sheet for a 12th time this term with Hay­den Lau and pint­size at­tacker Mor­gan Thomas their other net busters.

Iron­i­cally, the sides meet again on Satur­day week in a Di­vi­sion One re­match at Aber­tridwr Park with the Seasiders look­ing to ex­tend an un­beaten start to a club record 10 wins.

But Llangeinor bowed out of the cup, beaten 3-1 on penal­ties by South Wales Al­liance Di­vi­sion Two col­leagues Car­ne­town.

It fin­ished 3-3 after ex­tra time with the Llan goals com­ing from key striker Si­mon Lock, Lewis Biss­mire and Rhys Jones.

In the Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Cup, Llantwit Ma­jor went down 3-1 to Haver­ford­west County at Cony­gar Bridge Meadow.

Ben Fawcett and tal­is­man Lee Trun­dle sent the high-fly­ing Blue­birds clear be­fore Joshua Jones made it 2-1 on the hour.

But that’s as good as it got for the Wind­millers, who leaked the tieclinch­ing goal to sub­sti­tute Ash­ley Be­van in the 85th minute.

Turn­ing to Highad­mit South Wales Al­liance Di­vi­sion One, Cor­nelly United pulled off a mag­nif­i­cent 7-2 vic­tory away to Pen­rhi­w­ceiber Con Ath­letic.

For­mer Garw star Ja­son James struck four times – giv­ing him eight goals for the cam­paign – while Ryan Penny-Hughes got a sweet 16 th of the sea­son to place along­side other strikes from club chair­man Dale Smith and Ar­ran Jef­feries.

And the sides are in­volved in a swift league re­match at Meadow Street a week on Satur­day.

But there was no joy for bot­tom club Llang­y­n­wyd Rangers, who are still search­ing for a first a win after 10 league starts.

The lat­est set­back was against exWelsh League club Pen­rhi­wfer with the Llan Siro boys los­ing 3-0 at the Fer Camp.

Fi­nally, un­beaten Di­vi­sion Two side Vale United, who have a big show­down in the Welsh cap­i­tal on Satur­day with lead­ers Llan­rum­ney United, have done more trans­fer mar­ket busi­ness.

The boys from leafy Corn­town have signed Reece Hicks from Pon­te­fract side Hemsworth Min­ers Wel­fare.

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