Game of the week: Caerwys 4-5 Flint Mountain
The fifth tier of Welsh football was home to dramatic nine goal game on Saturday afternoon.
Caerwys FC welcomed rivals Flint Mountain for a North East Wales League game billed as big for both sides, who sit mid-table within reach of the top, where gap Connah’s Quay U18s, Cefn Mawr Rangers and Mynydd Isa are currently battling it out for the title.
Although a big game was expected, neither side could have anticipated the thrilling 90 minutes that were to unfold.
Flint Mountain’s Jimmy McGlone opened the scoring within the first minute in a rapid start to the proceedings, but despite their 1-0 lead Flint failed to put further pressure on the hosts leading to an evenly contested first half.
Caerwys FC grew into the game, going onto to take the lead. A Steve Hughes goal was their equaliser on 38 mins, with Ruari Wood sending the hosts ahead with a 15 yard strike.
And there was yet another goal within the first 45 minutes, with Christian Davies scoring for Flint Mountain to send the sides in at 2-2 during half time.
The second half showed no sign of slowing down, with McGlone missing the chance to get a brace from just yards out minutes after the restart.
Caerwys initially made Flint pay for their missed opportunity when Wood scored on 55 minutes, but McGlone ensured he didn’t make the same mistake twice, equalising to make it 3-3 on 68 minutes.
In the 70th Flint took the lead for the second time in the game, with a Lee Messham strike handing the advantage back to the visitors, all be it with controversy as Caerwys protested for offside.
Five minutes later a Dai Hollaweay free kick beat the Flint keeper and looked to be the final goal of the game, with the score 4-4 deep into injury time.
Yet the game’s ultimate drama was a winner for Flint Mountain in the 93rd minute, when Dylan Roberts fired an effort from the edge of the area into the bottom corner to win the game 5-4.
The result of this rapid, open and incredible game sends Flint Mountain up to fourth in the table, keeping the heat on the top three with three games in hand over the the top spot. Fired up from their victory, they now move onto a Horace Wynne cup quarter final against Aston Park Rangers.
Caerwys FC will rue bad luck and poor defending as their downfall on the day, but look to put things right next week in the Horace Wynne cup at home to Aston.
Photo Credit: Flint Mountain FC