Saints drop first points

Llanelli Star - - LOCAL SOCCER -

COSTCUTTER League lead­ers St Dog­maels dropped two points for the first time this sea­son af­ter be­ing held to a 1-1 draw at sec­ond­placed Crannog.

But a max­i­mum haul of points against Llan­boidy this Satur­day will vir­tu­ally wrap up the title for the North Pem­brokeshire side.

The pace­set­ters were nowhere near their best in the table­top­ping clash with the coastal vil­lagers, who were with­out a crop of un­avail­able regulars but per­formed ad­mirably and led un­til the fi­nal quar­ter.

Af­ter strug­gling dur­ing the open­ing 45 minutes the divi­sion one lead­ers got their act to­gether af­ter the in­ter­val.

Mid­fielder Bryn­ley Mor­ris fired Crannog ahead mid­way through the first half and Saints drew level in the 76th minute when Rhys Jones net­ted with a free-kick.

Four days ear­lier Saints reached the fi­nal of the J Em­rys Mor­gan Cup af­ter emerg­ing 5-4 win­ners on penal­ties against Lam­peter Town at Parc Em­lyn.

Town were re­duced to nine men af­ter two play­ers were given their march­ing or­ders for two book­able of­fences. The nine re­main­ing play­ers bat­tled for ev­ery­thing to force a penalty shootout.

Saints goal­keeper Carl Wood­house, stand­ing in for the un­avail­able Casey Wal­ters, was a hero for Saints when sav­ing the fourth Town penalty, while the Greens net­ted all five spot-kicks via Michael Dig­gle, Peter Almond, Rhys Jones, Louis Hard­ing and Adam Wil­liams.

The Teifi Es­tu­ary high-fly­ers are due to meet JT Hughes Mont­gomeryshir­e Am­a­teur League side Bish­ops Cas­tle, who are based a mile from the Welsh border in Shrop­shire.

The game will be played on Fri­day, April 19 (Good Fri­day) at a venue to be ar­ranged.

Cas­tle won 3-1 against Cam­brian Tyres Aberys­t­wyth League lead­ers Pen­par­cau at Caer­sws, but the Cen­tral Wales FA is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a com­plaint that Cas­tle played an in­el­i­gi­ble player in the tie, and if it is proved they will be thrown out and Pen­par­cau will go through to the fi­nal.

In mid­week, Crannog reached the Easter Mon­day fi­nal af­ter com­ing out on top 3-2 against a bat­tling Felin­fach out­fit at North Road in Lam­peter.

The scor­ers for the Llan­grannog side were Ge­orge Col­ven, Bryn­ley Mor­ris and Huw Owen.

Back on the league front, Cardi­gan Town re­cov­ered from a de­feat at Llandy­sul the pre­vi­ous Satur­day with a 2-0 win over Lam­peter Town at King Ge­orge V Play­ing Field.

The hosts, who con­trolled the con­test for lengthy pe­ri­ods, were gifted the lead be­fore the break when a Lam­peter de­fender put through his own goa,l and dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod St­eff Davies crossed for Owen Wil­liams to finish clin­i­cally.

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