Llandyrnog United Football Club

Llandyrnog United Football Club

Take Stock League Cup Semi Final

by Matthew Lewis

Glantraeth 1 Llandyrnog 1 (Glantraeth 2-1 AET)

Llandyrnog United were cruelly knocked out of the Take Stock League Cup after failing to beat a formidable Glantraeth side in what was a tremendously hard fought game of football that deserved to be the final itself.
Dyrny started positively hitting the cross bar with a Simon Brown diving header and then the post through a Mike Hind effort all within the first 10 minutes, it really looked like it was going be be Llandyrnog's day. Dyrny came under a bit of pressure half way through the first half but Gaz Pope was there to deny any advancing chances. Dyrny were nearly one up on the stroke of half time when Liam Jones perfectly struck volley was stopped only with a great reaction save from Glantraeth keeper Dave Clarke and the two sides went in level pegging at the break.

One of the league top scorers Anthony Hughes had an excellent chance to put Glantraeth ahead only 10 minutes into the second half but it was still anyone's game with both sides threatening in turn, and with 15 minutes remaining it was a jubilant Dyrny side that went ahead as Simon Brown put Liam Jones through with a one of one and the skilful forward made no mistake and left the Glantraeth keeper with no chance much to the delight of the travelling Dyrny supporters and management.
Llandyrnog looked to of claimed another victory over Glantraeth, already being the only side to beat them in the league this season but it wasn't to be and 5 minutes from the end an exhausted Llandyrnog side failed to pick up Glantraeth front man Anthony Hughes who curled in a great effort equalising for the home side and taking the tie to extra time.

Both sides were creating chances during Extra Time but it was the home side who looked the more dangerous and with 2 minutes of play to go on the first half Glantraeth defender Matty Locke rose above the Dyrny defence to fire home a bullet header to put the home side ahead and dealt a severe blow to the travelling village side. Llandyrnog tried and tried to take the game to penalties during the final 15 but it just wasn't meant to be.

It was a shame this game couldn't of been played at a neutral ground as it would of been great for Russ Pierce's men to of had to full support of the village behind them but the lads really did the village proud and I'm sure Glantraeth will agree they won't of had many tougher games than this all season.
It was too hard to pick a single player for Man of the Match this week as every single one of them gave 110% a

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