AN­DREW LAWLER tells us why he and his son, An­drew, love the pas­sion of Trearddur Bay United

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The pas­sion of Welsh football

MY WIFE and chil­dren like to spend as many week­ends in An­gle­sey, North Wales, as is pos­si­ble. We have a static car­a­van in Trearddur Bay on the Isle of An­gle­sey so that makes life sim­pler.

My son is an avid Manch­ester United fan but has taken a lik­ing to watch­ing Trearddur Bay United when­ever we can.

We have watched them sev­eral times and al­ways en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Trearddur play in Welsh Al­liance Di­vi­sion One and my son, An­drew, and I hoped there would be a home game when we last vis­ited An­gle­sey.

We were not to be dis­ap­pointed. Trearddur Bay United were host­ing Glan Conwy in the Welsh Cup first qual­i­fy­ing round.

Although Glan Conwy lay be­low Trearddur in the league ta­ble, they played with great pas­sion and re­silience.

The stan­dard of play was im­pres­sive and ex­cit­ing. Both teams played with a de­ter­mi­na­tion and skill that was at times breath­tak­ing and a credit to the Welsh Al­liance.

As with any cup-tie, the tack­les were hard – and a few were reck­less. The ref­eree was busy with his yel­low card and both cap­tains had a job re­strain­ing their teams from go­ing too far.

Glan Conwy played out of their skin and were re­warded when they took the lead in the 76th minute – a won­der­ful Sean Shan­non header that had the keeper claw­ing the air. The small but vo­cal crowd were stunned.

This set­back seemed to re­ally get Trearddur’s blood go­ing. They threw ev­ery­thing at Glan Conwy and when the visi­tors were re­duced to ten men the chance came.

But there were only two min­utes re­main­ing when Trearddur were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the penalty box.

This was pos­si­bly their last chance to force ex­tra-time. Sub Asa Thomas’ ef­fort sailed past the wall into the cor­ner of the net. This cup-tie was not over yet!

Glan Conwy came out fight­ing in ex­tra-time but you could see that it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Trearddur would

grab the game by the scruff of the neck. Even­tu­ally, Trearddur took the lead – and again it was that man Thomas.

Glan Conwy’s spirit was fi­nally bro­ken and the flood­gates opened. The visi­tors did score again, cour­tesy of Matt Beech, at the end of the game but Trearddur Bay United had al­ready taken their tally to five.

Shaun Jenk­ins and Curt Wil­liams got on the score­sheet while Thomas com­pleted his hat­trick to earn the player of the round ac­co­lade in the process.

As my son An­drew and I walked away, he turned to me and said:“Dad, that game was full of pas­sion. Bet­ter than any game at Old Traf­ford.”

I had to agree.

Ac­tion from the cup-tie

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