Saints seal ti­tle glory

Llanelli Star - - LOCAL SOCCER -

ST Dog­maels clinched the Cost­cut­ter League divi­sion one ti­tle for the first time since 2007 with a 2-0 win over Llandy­sul.

But as well as cel­e­brat­ing lift­ing the ti­tle, there is spec­u­la­tion that the Saints may join the Pem­brokeshire League next sea­son.

It is un­der­stood of­fi­cials have con­tacted the Pem­brokeshire League and been in­formed that, if ac­cepted, they would play in divi­sion five.

There has been con­tro­versy this sea­son with a num­ber of ref­er­ees refusing to of­fi­ci­ate at Saints games.

Against vis­i­tors Llandy­sul, the Greens led through a Chris Jones strike at the in­ter­val af­ter a shot from Pe­ter Almond was blocked. And they wrapped up the ti­tle with a goal wor­thy of win­ning any com­pe­ti­tion.

Af­ter chest­ing the ball on the edge of the penalty area, Rhys Jones un­leashed a thun­der­ous vol­ley that flew into the back of the net via an up­right.

Saints man­ager Steve Wil­liams drafted on a num­ber of young­sters dur­ing the sec­ond half and they could well be in the line-up for the re­main­ing league en­coun­ters as the new cham­pi­ons con­cen­trate on the fi­nal of the J Em­rys Mor­gan Cup on Good Fri­day and the Bay Cup.

It was not such good news for the new cham­pi­ons four days ear­lier when they were knocked out of a sec­ond cup com­pe­ti­tion at the semi-fi­nal stage when go­ing down 1-0 against Crannog in Cw­pan Coffa Dai Dy­namo Davies at Parc Em­lyn.

Hero of the hour for Crannog was Ge­orge Col­ven, who net­ted the win­ner in the fi­nal quar­ter.

Eye­brows were raised when the fi­nal score fil­tered through from Llan­grannog where Crannog buried divi­sion two run­ners-up Aber­porth un­der a 20-goal avalanche in round one of the Bay Cup. The Air­men turned up with only nine play­ers and their cause was not en­hanced when they were re­duced to seven af­ter two red cards.

Gary Davies, Rob­bie Evans and Col­ven net­ted four apiece, Tom O’Connor and Gruff Thomas both scored twice and the other goals came via Huw Owen, Rhys Davies, Jor­dan Jones and Dy­lan Davies.

Back on the league front, it was all a bit of a stroll for third­placed Lam­peter Town who emerged 6-1 winners over rel­e­gated Bar­god Rangers at North Road. The mid county side led 3-0 af­ter 20 min­utes. The marks­men were Scott Davies who bagged a brace, Christy Gale, Liam Jones, Robert Slawkowski and Ja­son Jones.

Ffos­tra­sol beat Cardi­gan Town 3-1 at Troedyrhiw Park, while New­cas­tle Em­lyn emerged 6-0 winners over Aber­aeron Re­serves.

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