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Castell Alun Colts 1st Team - Match centre

Castell AC
Rhostyllen
J Henry (12'), J Price (73'), O Williams (108'), R Belton (53' Sent Off)
Full time
Sat 1 Apr 14:30 - Division 1 Cup 16-17

Epic Semi Final ends in heartbreak for 10-man Colts

A game to remember.

Casty failed in their bid to reach the League Cup Final, but gave everything in a scintillating game with chances going begging at regular intervals, Colts down to 10 men from early second half, and Rhostyllen sealing an excellent game at the end of extra time.

Old Casty faces Josh Jones, Dean the Bastard, Steve Jones, Dan Brown, Drew Wickens and Lewis Clamp were all back to their old hunting ground, whilst Colts were boosted by the inclusion of David Bullough. Josh Price continued in a CF role.

It was a lively start with home keeper Jack Gibbons in fine form, turning an effort around the post, but both sides were going hell for leather and it was after 12 minutes that Colts took the lead. Phil Davies dangerous free kick was flicked home by Joe Henry. Colts
continued to look dangerous and were unlucky on a few occasions, Arthur, Dan Shaw and Josh all going close with decent efforts. But
it was the same the other end as Gibbo was dealing with everything coming his way.

So half time arrived and we were feeling confident. But the visitors came out lively second half, and this led to the turning point of the game on 53 minutes. Gibbo made a fantastic stop and from the rebound Titch was adjudged to have handled and Ref. Luke Alsop awarded a penalty and gave Titch a Red Card, despite our protests it had hit his chest(as the mudmark clearly showed).

The penalty was converted, and from another visiting attack only 5 minutes later the game was turned on its head as Niall Rooney
swept home. Casty now had to dig deep, and kept themselves in the game, they were rewarded on 73 minutes as keeper Josh Jones
fumbled a cross and JOSH PRICE was on hand to fire home an equaliser. Both teams went for a winner, Dan Shaw hitting the post,
and on 84 nminutes Colts missing the chance of the game as Phil Davies found himself on the end of a deep cross, and with basically an open net, he somehow sidefooted side with the goal gaping. One or two scares the other end and we reached 90 minutes level at
2-2.

Both teams were very quick on the break, and Rhostyllen got their noses in front on 98 minutes after a raid down the left, cross to the far post, Jack made a fantastic stop but the ball rebounded kindly and was fired home for 3-2. Right on the whistle to signal the end of first half extra time, Niall Rooney scored a gem of a goal firing an angled shot into the top corner for 4-2. But Colts were not done yet, and sub Owen Williams made it 4-3 hitting home at the near post after good work by Bulla. Then in the last minute of extra time, Davies broke clear down the left, crossed low and there was an almighty scramble with Rhostyllen defenders on the floor, Owen just could not free up the ball to tap home, eventually it was hammered downfield, Rhostyllen sub Drew Wickens ran on and sealed the game low into the corner to end the game at 5-3.

What a fantastic game for the neutral, a classic in every manner, Castell Alun gave everything they could with 10 men, but luck was just not on our side on the day. Congratulations to Rhostyllen who made a huge contribution to this open game, and we wish them all the best as they go on to the Cup Final where they take on Lex Glyndwr.

Plenty of MoM contenders today, Jack Gibbons was superb, but taking the honours is JOSH PRICE for a quality Centre Forward
performance.

We move on to Wednesday night and a quick chance of revenge as we visit Rhostyllen in a League game. (ko 6.15pm)

Josh Price

Player of the Match

Josh Price

Key moments

12:00
Goal Joe Henry scores for Castell AC
53:00
Red Card Richie Belton is sent off for Castell AC
73:00
Goal Josh Price scores for Castell AC
90:00 +18:00
Goal Owen Williams scores for Castell AC

Highlights

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90:00 +30:00 Player of the Match
Josh Price is awarded player of the match for Castell AC
90:00 +18:00 Goal 3 - 0
Owen Williams scores for Castell AC
90:00 +11:00 Sub Off
Josh Price is substituted off for Castell AC
90:00 +11:00 Sub On
Owen Williams is substituted on for Castell AC
78:00 Sub Off
Joe Henry is substituted off for Castell AC
78:00 Sub On
Josh Colecliffe is substituted on for Castell AC
73:00 Goal 2 - 0
Josh Price scores for Castell AC
53:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Richie Belton is sent off for Castell AC
End of period 1
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Joe Henry scores for Castell AC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Castell AC
  • Rhostyllen
  • 0
  • Joe Henry Goal 12:00'
  • Richie Belton Red Card 53:00'
  • Josh Price Goal 73:00'
  • Joe Henry Sub Off 78:00'
  • Josh Colecliffe Sub On 78:00'
  • Josh Price Sub Off 90:00 +11:00'
  • Owen Williams Sub On 90:00 +11:00'
  • Owen Williams Goal 90:00 +18:00'

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