Match Report: Barry Town United 3-1 Llandudno – Hat-trick hero James Demetriou helps Barry keep 100% record in Phase Two of JD Welsh Premier League
James demetriou scored a wonderful hat-trick as Barry came from a goal down to defeat Llandudno Town and move five points clear of Iwan Williams’ side.
The visitors started brightly and took the lead courtesy of a mistake from Luke Cooper, but Barry responded well and a James Demetriou hat-trick meant Barry retained their 100% record in Phase Two of the JD Welsh Premier League – Chris Huge added a fourth late on.
The result meant Barry remained top of the bottom half of the table and they showed real class and elegance against Llandudno on a freezing afternoon at Jenner Park.
On the other hand, Iwan Williams’ side remain in eighth place – Llandudno will now face-off against Newtown in the quarter-finals of the Welsh Cup, whereas, Barry will make the trip to Prestatyn in the hope of keeping up their fine form in phase two of the JD Welsh Premier League campaign.
The visitors made an Excellent start from the visitors as Robbie Parry pounced on a mistake by Luke Cooper and coolly slotted home past Mike Lewis into the bottom right-hand corner.
Llandudno started with real professionalism and authority and were a constant threat on the counter-attack, but Barry steadily brought themselves back into the game as Ryan Newman saw his speculative effort drive wide of Alex Lynch’s goals.
Llandudno then earned a corner and were very unlucky not to double their lead as Joe Heath saw his header fade just wide of the post. Williams’ side were desperately unlucky to give themselves a two-goal cushion following a bright start at Jenner Park
Toby Jones then smartly turned inside, before unleashing a shot which was well-saved by Mike Lewis in the Barry goal’
Barry’s top goal-scorer Kayne McLaggon then pulled up holding his ankle, and was replaced by James Demetriou and he made an instantaneous impact after coolly slotting home following sloppy defending from the visitors
Barry then found some momentum following the goal and were desperately unlucky not to go into the half-time break with the lead after Jordan Cotterill’s shot was well-saved by Alex Lynch, before Macauley Southam’s fizzed in cross was headed just wide by the colossal Callum sainty in the box
Demetriou then gave Barry the lead courtesy of an exquisite finish beyond Lynch, and would bag his hat-trick just moments later with Lynch flat-footed – it turned out to be a sensational change from Gavin Chesterfield, with the former Bangor man looking like he was going to score everytime he got the ball at his feet.
Full-back added a fourth late on to put more gloss on what was a sensational second-half performance from the hosts in freezing conditions in South Wales.
Man of the Match (James Demetriou)
A sensational performance from Demetriou, who bagged a hat-trick. The home faithful had their hands in their head when top-scorer Kayne McLaggon went off injured, but his substitute was phenomenal in what was a scintillating display from the former Bangor City man.
With more performances like this, he could have a huge part to play between now and the end of the season, there is no doubt about that.