Cymru Alliance
1 March 2008
Glantraeth 1 Llandudno Town 2
Report by Stan Strickland


Second placed Llandudno ran out worthy winners as Glantraeth went down to their second successive home defeat.

The Bodorgan side began well enough with Paul Rowlands through on goal in the second minute but he was unable to lift the ball over the advancing keeper. The visitors replied with a header from Bryn Jenkins that passed over harmlessly over but it was Glantraeth who came closest to opening the scoring on 7 minutes as Rob Williams brilliantly chipped keeper Shaun Pearson from 25 yards out for what looked a certain goal only for the ball to come out off the inside of a post. Jenkins was again off target for the visitors with another header and an evenly matched opening period immediately saw action at the other end with a Paul Rowlands cross almost finding Gerallt Jones.

Tudno were gradually gaining the upper hand with Gareth OJ Roberts twice making fine saves within the space of a minute from a Chris Johnson volley and Lee Thomasís header.

A surging run from Paul Rowlands four minutes before the break created an opening for Jonathan Peris Jones but he was unable to get enough power on his header. Playing against a strong wind it looked like Glan would go into the break on equal terms only for Llandudno to get a huge stroke of luck in the second minute of added time as a shot from Lee Thomas took a wicked deflection off Emyr Rowlands and left keeper OJ Roberts stranded.

Within two minutes of the restart it was the home sideís turn to enjoy good fortune as a shot from Thomas came back off a post then a dangerous cross from Hughes threatened as the visitors continued on top.

Glantraeth were struggling to create anything this half and a strong run by Hughes on 65 minutes was almost rewarded only for Thomas to head wide. A minute later Thomas was again a threat for the Maesdu Park side lifting the ball just over from 20 yards.

It was hardly a surprise when Llandudno went two up with fifteen remaining as they had bossed the second half Thomas scoring his second goal to round off a simple but well crafted move.

Hopes were revived for Glantraeth five minutes later as a handball in the area led to a penalty converted confidently by Peris Jones but a grandstand finish failed to materialise as Tudno comfortably held on for the points.

It was a disappointing display by Glan after a promising start, the only real highlights apart from the goal being Rob Williamís near miss and a man of the match performance by Richard Owen in defence.

Glantraeth: Gareth OJ Roberts, Emyr Rowlands (Llion Davies 67), Darren Jones (Osian Pritchard 78), Paul Tilbury, Sion Parry, Richard F Owen, Rob Williams (Gareth Wyn Roberts 72), Chris Saxon, Paul Rowlands, Gerallt Jones, Jonathan Peris Jones.