WELSH CUP FOOT­BALL

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EIGHT-TIME for­mer win­ners Ban­gor City marched into round three of the JD Welsh Cup fol­low­ing a crush­ing 6-1 home win over Cefn Al­bion.

Ban­gor, who last lifted the cup back in 2010, were in­spired by Alex Dar­ling­ton’s four-goal salvo, in­clud­ing a 31-minute first half hat-trick.

Rob­bie Parry and Marc Wil­liams were the Cit­i­zens’ other scor­ers af­ter Con­nor Ken­drick had ear­lier given Al­bion a shock lead.

Mean­while Prestatyn Town, who mem­o­rably de­feated Ban­gor in the 2013 fi­nal, are also in the hat for to­mor­row’s third round draw af­ter Alex Jones’ tre­ble set them on the way to 6-3 home vic­tory against Ber­riew in their sec­ond round tie.

Also through are Haver­ford­west County af­ter they de­feated Swansea Univer­sity 4-3 thanks to two goals from Ben Fawcett along with ef­forts from Lee Trun­dle and Sean Pem­ber­ton.

Nathaniel MG Cup semi-fi­nal­ists Cam­brian & Cly­dach con­tin­ued their win­ning cup form and booked their place in the next round with a 3-2 win at Caldicot Town.

Corey Shep­hard, Dave Thomas as well as a first for the club for Liam Ed­wards se­cured their pas­sage through.

There was also a big shock as Welsh League Divi­sion Two club Mon­mouth Town were dumped out 3-1 by Gwent County League out­fit Ynys­ddu Wel­fare.

It is yet an­other scalp for Ynys­ddu who have also taken down other Welsh League out­fits Croesy­ceil­iog and Taffs Well al­ready in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The big win­ners of the day were 2016 run­ner­sup Air­bus UK Broughton who crushed Llay Wel­fare 9-1.

Oliver Buck­ley scored a hat-trick, Nathan Quirk and Matt McGinn both bagged a brace while Joe Chap­lin and James Hooper also had their scor­ing boots on. MARK Jones marked his re­turn to the Marston’s Sta­dium with a stun­ning hat-trick to fire Afan Lido to a 4-1 win over strug­gling Taffs Well in Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh League Divi­sion One.

The pop­u­lar Wales C in­ter­na­tional hit­man re-joined Lido from Welsh Pre­mier club Llanelli Town this week – and be­gan where he left off when he left the club for Car­marthen Town mid-way through last sea­son as the 20-goal lead­ing marks­man in Divi­sion One.

An­other re­turn­ing hero Chris Hart­land, who him­self re­cently ar­rived back at Lido from Gwent County League side Bryn­mawr, got the other goal to make it three in two for him.

Liam McCreesh also missed a penalty in the sec­ond half for Lido.

Char­lie Davies replied for the Well­men who were also de­nied from the spot by home keeper Rory McCreesh who saved Ja­son Ber­torelli’s ef­fort.

With the top two not in league ac­tion, the win moved third-placed Lido to within five points of lead­ers Peny­bont – but have now played two games more.

Peny­bont are a point clear of Haver­ford­west County.

The only other game to beat the weather in Divi­sion One was at Port Tal­bot where Llantwit Ma­jor recorded a 2-0 vic­tory with nine-men.

An­thony Rawl­ings and Rob Jones got the goals for Llantwit and the vic­tory was even more re­mark­able given they had Jonathan But­ler and Kristian Evans sent off.

In Divi­sion Two, lead­ers Croesy­ceil­iog had their trip to Caerau Ely post­poned but near­est chal­lengers Aber­gavenny Town were held 1-1 at home by STM Sports and are five points back.

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