LLANGOLLEN TOWN 6
COEDPOETH UNITED 2
THE first round of this season’s Wrexham Area Premier Division Cup was more akin to a night of Llandyrnog and District Summer League action!
The summer competition is famed for the amount of goals it produces - and Saturday’s eight League Cup clashes decided to emulate this by producing a bumper 46 goals.
Eight of these came at Tower Fields, where Llangollen Town comfortably progressed against Coedpoeth United.
Despite the eventual margin of victory, Llan were second best during the opening exchanges, with United putting the unfamiliar centre back partnership of Ben Realey and Ian Grindley under a fair amount of pressure.
It came as no real surprise when Coedpoeth took the lead.
Both centre backs challenged for a high ball and when it got loose, Matty Thomas was there to sweep home the opening goal.
United had chances to extend their lead, but Llangollen number one Rich Ackerley was equal to everything.
Llan did manage to settle down and they forged an equaliser when Mark Lunt cut in from the right and unleashed an unstoppable 25-yard curler beyond the visiting keeper for a goal of real quality.
That was the catalyst for Town to go ahead on the half-hour mark when a pinpoint Craig Salisbury centre was turned in on the volley by Realey at the far post.
The tie’s flashpoint arrived five minutes later when Josh Langford was pulled back by Andy Pryde when he was clean through inside the area.
The visiting keeper picked up the loose ball and as the ref pointed to the spot, he threw the ball into Langford’s face and the Llangollen player responded in a threatening manner.
When the furore died down, both Pryde and Langford were given their marching orders, whilst the keeper was fortunate to escape with a yellow card for his part in the incident.
Tryfan Prosser converted the penalty to give Llan a 3-1 advantage at half-time.
Things got even better for the hosts straight from the restart when a well-worked move gave Prosser the chance to score Llan’s fourth goal from close range.
Not prepared to throw in the towel, Coedpoeth edged back into the game when a static defence looked for offside and Nicky McCormack was left fee score from inside the area.
That was as good as it got for the visitors in the second half, though, and it was game over midway through the half.
A lovely passing move saw the tireless Lunt unselfishly square for Prosser to complete his first hat-trick of the campaign .
Lunt was again the provider for Llan’s sixth when he laid a goal on a plate for Sam Marrs at the far post to turn home and net his seventh goal in the space of four games .
Reflecting on the cup win, Llangollen boss Gareth Lloyd said: “I’m very pleased with the win and the manner of the victory.
“Some aspects of our defending needs working on, but in our last three games cup games we have scored 17 goals, so we have to be happy with that return.
“I felt the ref handled the game well, but we have now have Josh Langford missing for an incident from which the chief perpetrator found himself receiving only a caution.”
Report Courtesy of Shaun Davies