RUTHIN COLTS 3
LLANGOLLEN TOWN RESERVES 2
(After extra time)
HOLDERS Ruthin Colts are on the march again in the League Cup.
The Vale of Clwyd side who memorably claimed last season’s Wrexham Area League Reserves / Colts Division Cup are through to the last-eight following a narrow extra time win over an impressive Llangollen Town Reserves outfit.
Apart from the injured Gethin Jones, Ruthin had a full set of players to choose from.
The captaincy fell to Lewis Weatherley, who was a major factor in the Colts’ cup triumph last season.
He didn’t disappoint with a stunning performance at centre back, along with a future star Tom Whelan.
First blood fell to Ruthin after Whelan had a header rebound off the crossbar.
From the resulting corner, Matthew Evans was the fouled and the referee awarded a penalty.
Dave Finnie stepped up and confidently struck the ball home.
Ruthin were on top at this stage, with Matthew Evans causing problems down the right.
Finnie was working hard in central midfield to create, however every move he took was matched by Llangollen captain Glenn Williams who kept a close eye on Ruthin’s playmaker.
Llan managed to equalise after they found space behind the Ruthin right back to play the ball across for striker James Haynes to net with a great effort from the edge of the box to make it 1-1 at half time.
Ruthin looked to get back on the front foot after the interval, but the Llangollen centre backs kept an eye on every attack.
The Colts did regain the lead, though, with the in-form Louis Carney latching onto a through ball from left back Mathew Jones and with the keeper quickly advancing, Carney somehow managed to lift the ball over him and into the net.
It was a finish any striker would be proud of and it gave Carney his ninth goal in five matches.
Llangollen responded to this setback in excellent fashion and a crossfield ball found unmarked substitute Declan Colbert to head home a second equaliser and take the tie into extra time.
For the extra half-an-hour, Ruthin had subs to use and recent fitness training in the bank.
The first 15 minutes passed without real incident apart from a long-range Louis Carney shot and Llangollen did create a few chances themselves.
Ruthin brought on Jack Denholm for his club debut after signing in the week and he proved to be a real asset.
Andy Edwards was also brought on to strengthen the side and the fitness and determination of the team paid off as Carney rounded the keeper and with a simple tap-in looming, he was brought down from behind.
It was a certain penalty and unfortunately offending Llangollen player Alex Davies was given his marching orders.
With tired legs everywhere, Dave Finnie yet again stepped up and placed his spot kick into the net.
Ruthin held on for victory in what was a great game of football and great credit goes to Llangollen, who made it a very tough contest.