Mountain Battle To Victory
Goals from Lee Messham and Jimmy McGlone seal the win against a good Cefn Mawr Rangers at Wat's Dyke Way
After a convincing victory last week against Caerwys, Flint Mountain returned to Wat's Dyke Way to welcome Cefn Mawr Rangers, fresh from their win last week against high flying Mynydd Isa Spartans. Cefn have had a bright start with only one defeat to their name in the league, but Flint Mountain have been on a good run and looked to make it five straight wins. After playing so well last week, manager Rob Thelwell elected to keep the same starting outfield ten players, only replacing goalkeeper Lee Evans, who was unavailable through working commitments, with Ryan Roberts.
From the start, Cefn looked to get forward and pressed Flint Mountain at every opportunity, looking for an opening. With only twelve minutes gone, Flint Mountain suffered a set back when Kieran Farr was forced off due to an injury. Matty Howard, back available after missing last week, was the man to replace him in a straight swap. The first real opportunity for the Mountain fell to Jimmy McGlone, but he could not keep his headed effort down. Throughout the half, Mountain continued to find chances, with Lee Messham, Richie Hughes and Tom Heppleston all going close, whilst Ryan Roberts made two good saves to deny Cefn.
As the half time whistle loomed, Mountain found the opening goal thanks to a penalty. Winger Chris Layne picked up the ball in the penalty area with his back to goal, where the Cefn defender made a clumsy tackle, bringing Layne to the ground. From the resulting penalty, striker Jimmy McGlone stepped up and fired low to the goalkeeper's right.
In the second half, it took only five minutes for Cefn to grab the equaliser, in controversial circumstances. After the Mountain defence had cleared a corner, the ball was helped back into the six yard box, where it was swept home past Roberts. The player, however, was in a clear offside position and despite the protests of the Mountain players, the goal stood. Within just a minute of the restart, Mountain retook the lead through Lee Messham. After winning back the ball in his own half, Chris Layne played a long ball towards Messham. After the defender had missed his clearance, Messham was able to run through on goal, where he fired the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net.
With Cefn pressing for an equaliser, Flint Mountain then made two substitutions. Firstly, Tom Heppleston made way for Ryan Jones, before Dylan Roberts was introduced in place of Chris Layne. As the game entered the final phases, Flint Mountain looked to get a decisive third goal. Jimmy McGlone should have done better when he missed from close range, but he quickly made amends with his second goal of the game and his twelfth of the season. Stand in captain Richie Hughes made a slide tackle to win back pssession and whilst on the floor, played the ball to McGlone. McGlone then dribbled past his marker, before curling the ball into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area.
Cefn then changed formation in an attempt to get back into the game, with their winger switching flanks after being shackled all game by Mountain left back Shane Owens. Owens' efforts were evident, as no sooner than the winger had switched flanks, he had a good chance to get a goal. The winger jinked past his marker, but his low effort flew past the post of Roberts in the Mountain goal. Mountain were then able to hold on to claim a vital victory against a good opponent.
Next week, Flint Mountain take a break from league action as they begin their cup campaigns for the season. First up is the Queensferry Sports President's Cup, where Flint Mountain will take on local rivals CPD Sychdyn at Wat's Dyke Way. We hope you can join us.