Glantraeth manager Paul Whelan must have been delighted with a top class display from his team that saw them triumph 2-1 at fourth placed Flint. Strong and determined in defence, competitive all over the field, and always threatening up front where converted striker Jonathan Peris Jones has now scored seven times in the last four games.
In a season where performances have been at best inconsistent this was one of the finest against a useful Flint side who battled hard throughout.
Glantraeth opened with a succession of corner kicks as they pressed for an early breakthrough with Chris Saxon heading just over. Flint replied with Llion Davies doing well to head clear a dangerous cross then keeper Gareth OJ Roberts needed to be alert to save from Shaun Beck.
The visitors were beginning to get the upper hand with Peris Jones having a shot saved at the foot of the post on 18 minutes then Saxon fired a powerful volley that passed only a couple of feet wide. A string of crosses and corner kicks were testing the home defence with Gerallt Jones firing over then a gigantic leap from defender Paul Tilbury led to a header that was again off target then Emyr Rowlands almost took advantage of a poor kick by home keeper Andy Hughes.
Glan were not getting it all their own way and Flint continued to look dangerous at the other end, Richard F Owen having to quickly pedal back to clear one ball that looked destined for goal. The home side were also causing problems with well delivered corner kicks with Steve Hughes’ header on 37 minutes too close for comfort. Only a brilliant clearance from Llion Davies five minutes later prevented Beck putting Flint ahead.
Peris Jones finally gave Glantraeth the lead they deserved on the stroke of half-time. Fine play on the left from Gareth Wyn Roberts saw him drive into the area before crossing to Gerallt Jones whose effort on goal was blocked, the ball falling to Peris Jones who cleverly created the space for a low shot past the keeper.
The home side opened the second period strongly but the first threat came from Glan as Saxon hit a drive with tremendous power that was only just too high. A good tackle by Llion Davies, who was having an outstanding game at the back, blocked Paul Davies as he looked threatening then full back Stuart Hughes fired in an effort that passed just over.
The game was getting a little feisty as Flint’s frustration began to show with the referee’s whistle constantly in action but Glan were defending well with OJ Roberts again a dominant figure between the sticks saving well from Graham Randles on 67 minutes.
A minute later it was 2-0 as Peris Jones tempted the keeper into a rash challenge and was brought down only to see his spot kick well saved but he was in luck as the ball came back off Hughes leaving an easy conversion.
It was game on again four minutes later as Flint’s Shaun Beck headed home following another well delivered corner kick then OJ Roberts saved smartly from Steve Hughes on 75 minutes following another probing corner.
Glan could well have been awarded a penalty kick a minute later as Peris Jones beat his marker and was clearly tripped but did not go down and the danger was cleared.
It was proving a thrilling game with action at both ends and it took another saving tackle from Llion Davies two minutes from time as Glan refused to give an inch and the resigned look of Flint’s Ian Parry as his free kick in the last minute sailed well over just about summed up the home side’s afternoon after coming up against a Glantraeth side in such determined mood.
Glantraeth: Gareth OJ Roberts, Jonathan Peris Jones, Paul Tilbury, Llion Davies, Sion Parry, Richard F Owen, Rob Williams (Paul Rowlands 85), Chris Saxon, Gerallt Jones, Gareth Wyn Roberts, Emyr Rowlands.