League Cup
12 January 2008
Gap Queens Park 5 Glantraeth 1
Report by Stan Strickland

With a side boasting a wealth of Welsh Premier League experience Gap Queens Park ran out easy winners in a game where only an outstanding performance by keeper Gareth OJ Roberts prevented an even heavier defeat for Glantraeth. Glanís contribution to what was a fine game of football should not be undervalued but in truth the home side always looked stronger and on this form could well end the season being promoted if runaway leaders Prestatyn Town are not accepted.

Glanís goal was under pressure from the start with OJ Roberts constantly in action, saving twice in succession from Kevin Breeze before being beaten by Breeze on ten minutes as a quality free kick from Kevin Scott was volleyed home.

Darren Jones fired in a shot that passed just over in reply before Breeze threatened again with a header then a shot that brought another fine save from OJ Roberts.

The visitors drew level on 21 minutes as Paul Rowlands caused confusion in the home defence leaving Jonathan Peris Jones to swing in a shot on goal that found the corner of the net despite keeper Michael Price and full back Danny Brown looking in a position to prevent the goal.

Gapís threat looked to have receded as Glan gained confidence from the goal although OJ Roberts again had to make a smart save from Ashley Wilson on the half-hour mark then Emyr Rowlands drove forward for the Anglesey side only to find the home keeper well positioned to save.

Glan paid the price for backing off on 38 minutes as Colin Quirk was allowed to run on unchallenged before unleashing a powerful shot into the roof of the net. Three minutes later only a tremendous save by OJ Roberts from Breeze prevented a third for the home side though it proved a short stay of execution as a minute later Breeze converted a Kevin Scott cross, almost an exact replica of the opening goal.

Early second half pressure from Glan saw Peris Jones head narrowly wide then only a great saving tackle from David Griffiths prevented the same player breaking clear on goal.

A fine surging run on 53 minutes by Quirk led to yet another fine save by OJ Roberts only for him to be beaten a minute later as Breeze broke free and converted confidently for his hat-trick.

Glantraeth could not be faulted for effort and they continued to play the ball around well with Gareth Wyn Roberts tantalisingly close to converting an Emyr Rowlands cross then Peris Jones narrowly off target with a free kick. Continuing their best spell of the game Peris Jones and Paul Rowlands linked up well with the final ball from Rowlands floating a couple of feet wide then Chris Saxon rose high to head a Peris Jones free kick just the wrong side of a post.

It took another flying save from OJ Roberts to prevent Quirk adding another for the home side on 76 minutes but he could do little a minute later to stop a fierce drive from Ashley Wilson opening a four goal lead for the Wrexham side.

Finishing the game strongly Glantraeth were unlucky not to reduce the arrears as first an unmarked Kevin Roberts headed over a Paul Rowlands cross then a miss-kick by keeper Michael Price was seized on by Rob Williams whose shot from twenty yards looked destined for the top corner only for Price to recover and acrobatically fingertip the ball over. Price was suddenly the busiest man on the pitch, pushing a Peris Jones free kick on to the crossbar then saving point blank from Osian Pritchard.

In the end it was a worry that Queens Park had overpowered Glantraeth even though the visitors have played worse and won. The home club are unashamedly ambitious and have invested heavily in a side that now looks equipped for promotion but with a crowd of only 19, nine of who travelled with Glantraeth, the atmosphere was hardly helpful as the home goals were greeted with a deafening silence echoing around the wide open spaces of the Queensway Stadium. Apparently the same game played on a Friday night would have attracted a crowd in excess of 200.

Glantraeth: Gareth OJ Roberts, Jonathan Peris Jones, Darren Jones, Llion Davies, Paul Tilbury, Emyr Rowlands, Paul Rowlands, Chris Saxon, Gerallt Jones (Osian Pritchard 77), Gareth Wyn Roberts (Rob Williams 58), Nigel Barry (Kevin Roberts 58).