Round Up: Five star performances in match week five
Match week five of the JD Welsh Premier League saw drama across the board, be it from shock scorelines, gritty draws and even lights going out on a top of the table clash.
Bangor City A-A Connah’s Quay Nomads
Welsh football fans were made to wait for the result of the first meeting between potential title rivals Bangor and Connah’s Quay this season, after their fixture at Nantporth was abandoned due to flood light failure.
City started well in front of their home crowd, and sleek passing inside their opponents half was rewarded via a 27th minute, 25 yard effort from Lawrence Wilson. Bangor were however unable to build on their lead, as three floodlights failed shortly before the interval to bring the game to a premature end.
Cefn Druids 2-2 Prestatyn Town
With Druids and newly promoted Prestatyn looking to establish themselves early on this season, neither of them will have wanted a draw going into this game.
Spectators at The Rock were made to wait just five minutes until the first goal of the evening, with Ashley Ruane firing home for the hosts. Prestatyn levelled soon after via Noah Edwards, and scored in stoppage time of the first half thanks to Ben Maher, who had been causing problems for Druids in a good half for Town.
Although Prestatyn showed trademark mettle to hold onto their 2-1 lead deep into the second half, it wasn’t enough as Nathan Peate equalised with six minutes of normal time to play.
The result leaves both Druids and Prestatyn with a muted five points from five games so far, and managers Huw Griffiths and Neil Gibson will be eager for their sides to start racking up more points soon.
Cardiff Met 0-0 The New Saints
The scoreline might suggest a bore draw, but this was anything but as the ever-impressive student side Cardiff Met held Champions TNS to a goalless draw.
Despite having multiple attempts on goal, The New Saints were frustrated as close efforts from the likes of Leek, Cieselwicz and Fletcher all missed good chances to get in front.
And the Students nearly made the Saints rue not capitalising on their early pressure as Adam Roscrow and Eliot Evans threatened TNS keeper Paul Harrison’s goal.
Both sides continued to play well and create good opportunities in the second half, with the game reaching a dramatic climax when Harrison denied a Will Evans effort from 12 yards out.
Bala Town 0-4 Carmarthen Town
The most surprising result of the weekend came at Maes Tegid, when JD Welsh Cup champions Bala Town were downed by a Carmarthen side who had yet to a win a game this season so far.
Whilst it was the classic case of a bad day at the office for Bala, nothing could be taken away from a rampant Carmarthen Town who went ahead with goals from Kostya Georgievsky and Kieran Lewis in the first half.
Bala tried to claw their way back in the second half, but Carmarthen cancelled out their efforts with Dave Vincent and Liam Griffith topping off an emphatic first win for the Old Gold.
Llandudno 1-0 Barry Town United
Could Llandudno challenge for Europe and perhaps the title this season? Whilst it’s way too early to answer that question, Llandudno’s form suggests Alan Morgan’s men could be a force this season.
The North Wales coast outfit remain undefeated, but faced a stern test from Barry Town who were buoyant from a first Welsh Premier win over Newtown AFC at Jenner Park.
In front of a big home crowd Barry Town enjoyed good chances, but it was Llandudno who edged themselves ahead via Mike Williams just before the interval.
A tense second half followed, but the home side rode pressure from the visitors out to maintain their position at the top of the table.
Newtown 4-0 Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth’s early season woes continued at Latham Park in the Mid-Wales derby, as Newtown hit them late on to record a 4-0 win.
A goal from Neil Mitchell put the Robins in control, as they managed to keep an Aberystwyth side eager to record their first win of the season at bay until the break.
The second half saw Newtown look to build on their lead, and past the hour mark a Joe Kenton brace all but ended the competition before Luke Boundford made it four on a good afternoon for Chris Hughes’ side.
Neville Powell remains without a win in the league for Aberystwyth and will be looking for a big improvement from his players to kick-start their goal of reaching the top six.
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