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.