How Llandrindod went on to Radnorshire Challenge Cup glory

Llandrindod Wells went on to win the Radnorshire Challenge Cup on Sunday, but what was the route of their way to the final?

It all started back on the 21st of August. Round 1 saw them host a solid Spar Mid Wales 2 team in Presteigne St Andrews, after a tough first half, Llandrindod prevailed and came out 4-1 winners.

On the 2nd of November they travelled down the road to Hay St Mary’s. At the time Llandrindod had a very inform player in Elliot Williams who scored in the 91st minuite and went on to get himself 10 goals in 4 games, which saw Llandrindod beat the reigning cup holders 2-1.

The semi-final saw them host a Mid-Wales South team in Brecon Northcote, although they are Mid Wales South they can’t be looked over, they’ve since gained promotion in to Spar Mid Wales Leauge 2. Although Brecon Northcote midfielder Jack Evans got the goal of the game, a first half hat-trick from Llandrindod striker Darren Murphy, a goal from Robbie Nichols and a goal mouth scramble, we still don’t know who scored, saw ‘the dod’ win the game 5-2.

Then there were 2. Cup final day, Easter Sunday in Rhayader. Llanidloes Town were the opposition. Llanidloes were the first team warming up, as Llandrindod entered the pitch looking very presentable for what would be a very entertaining match up. Previous Fixtures saw Llandrindod win 4-0 at home and Llanidloes win 1-0 at their ground.

Both teams had all to play for considering where both sat in the Leauge. A very end to end first half saw Llandrindod striker Darren Murphy head home in front of the Llanidloes Faithfuls.

Both teams were drilled by their managers demanding more from their players. The next goal of the game went to a manager, Gareth Jones of Llandrindod met a cross with his head which then bounced off his foot and lobbed the keeper, very fortunate but well deserved.

Llandrindod seemed to be on the back foot for a little while. 89th minuite and it looked like they were going to take the ball in to the corner, but Elliot Williams put a delicate ball over the defenders head to Jonny Williams, who found Rhys Davies keeper made a good save but it fell to Kieran Mcarrly who’s calm finish saw them go 3-0 up.

A resilient Llanidloes Town gave it their best effort, they got a goal back from a set piece but that was it. Llandrindod Wells were crowned champions of Radnorshire in what was a very successful campaigne.

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