Cymru Alliance League Cup
17 February 2007
Glantraeth 3 Llandyrnog United 2
Report by Jeff Scott


Glantraeth went into this fixture in the knowledge that they had already beaten Llandyrnog on two previous meetings in the league fixtures. They are also current holders of the Cymru Alliance League Cup and were not going give the cup up lightly. At half time they looked out of it as Llandyrnog took a two goal interval lead, but never say die Glantraeth stormed back in the second half to overcome their Denbighshire visitors and progress to the Semi Final and a derby tie against Anglesey rivals Holyhead Hotspur. Hero on the day was young prospect Osian Pritchard the youngest member of the team and a signing that Paul has been bringing on slowly since the beginning of the season. Fair play to the young lad his patience has paid off and he took the opportunity of his first full game to show just what a young talent he is. The reaction of the supporters and the bench said it all as Osian turned on the edge of the area and hit a cracking shot past the outstretched hand of Llandyrnog keeper Arwel Hughes with what proved to be the wining goal that sent Glantraeth into the semi final was a sight to witness.

The first chance of the game after two minutes saw a goalmouth scramble and Llandyrnog were relieved to see Gareth Owen screw his shot wide of the upright. John Slater then went up the other end and from distance shot over the bar. On 18 minutes Glantraeth fell behind to a goal after static defence let in Mark Roberts who one on one with keeper Dave Ball opened the scoring. Glantraeth then saw a good header from Warren Gibbs go wide following a cross from Emyr Rowlands. Mark Roberts almost increased Dyrnog's lead as his shot came off the underside of the bar as Glan came under increased pressure. Emry Rowlands then broke and flashed a shot wide of the post. Nigel Barry saw a chance deflected for a corner from which Gareth Owen saw a good effort cleared by the Llandyrnog defence. Osian Pritchard in his first full start then turned and shot wide of the post. In the 40th minute Nigel Barry shot from distance and forced the keeper to tip over the bar, from the corner Paul Rowlands effort was cleared off the line. As the half was coming to a close Paul Rowlands saw two further good efforts go begging. Then deep into stoppage time Llandyrnog went two goals up as Martin Bohana who was last man slipped and and let in Mark Roberts who crossed for Daniel Jones to volley the ball past Dave Ball into the net to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

Glan came out fired up in the second half and within a minute Nigel Barry should have pulled a goal back as from all of two yards out the ball came off his foot and deflected over the bar with the keeper beaten. On 52 minutes Mike Jones then hit a free kick wide before Glantraeth pulled a goal back after a good move involving several players saw Rob Williams pick out Paul Rowlands and he cut in and hit a shot past Dyrnog keeper Arwel Hughes. Carl Thomas then hit shot from distance over the bar. Rob Williams then found space and got into the eighteen yard box before being felled the official awarded a penalty which Carl Thomas made no mistake with to open his scoring account for the season. Glantraeth now started to play some good football as first Osian Pritchard fired a shot wide and Emyr Rowland had a speculative effort go over the bar. It was on 72 minutes that the young lad made himself a hero after a cross from Rob Williams rebounded off a defender and fell nicely to him on the edge of the box he turned and shot past the keeper to put Glantraeth into the lead for the first time in the game. A few minutes later Nigel Barry pulled a good chance wide and a free kick by Carl Thomas went over the bar.As time was running out Rob Williams went on a solo run from the halfway line but shot over the bar when well placed.

Glantraeth now in the semi final and a fixture against Holyhead Hotspur on neutral ground

Glantraeth: Dave Ball, Martin Bohana (Adrian Jurkowski 56), Darren Jones, Warren Gibbs, Carl Thomas, Nigel Barry, Rob Williams, Gareth Owen, Osian Pritchard, Emyr Rowlands, Paul Rowlands (Paul Whelan 90).