South Wales FA 4-0 Evia Region: Wales too strong for lacklustre Evia Region in final Regions Cup preliminary round match-up
South Wales FA sent the 311 fans in attendance home happy after a classy and controlled display against Evia Region at Jenner Park.
Goals from Connor Keating, Alex Long and Alex Lloyd was enough for the Red Dragons who cruised to victory in their final Regions Cup Preliminary round game at Barry.
Full-back Konstantinos Tzavras was also sent off for the visitors for a second-bookable offence in the first-half.
In other game at Cyncoed Campus, Amateurs FYR Macedonia defeated Region of Gothenburg 1-0 in the Welsh Capital.
The game had only just kicked off, but it was a blistering start as Richard Noyes’ long throw-in wasn’t dealt with by goalkeeper Dimitrios Ntoumanis – and it was pounced on by Connor Keating, who tapped home from close range.
Wales almost made it two in what was a ferocious start from the hosts as Matthew Phillips flicked it on to Alex Lloyd, but the defender’s effort was wild as it rose over Ntoumanis’ bar.
Midway through the first half, the visitors almost equalised from a corner as captain Konstantinos Karampas rattled Stephen Price’s crossbar in what was a bullet header from the defender.
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As the half came to a close, Konstantinos Tzavras received a red card for a second bookable offence after disputing a decision following a challenge on Sully Sports’ Alex Long – and the Greeks had a mountain to climb after being reduced to 10 men in the blazing sunshine at Jenner Park.
Wales made it 2-0 from the penalty spot as Christopher Quick was brought down in the penalty spot – Alex Long made no mistake as he sent Ntoumanis the wrong way as the Greeks started to lose their cool after going down to 10-men.
It could have easily been 3-0 after Jordan Evans played in Christopher Quick, but he snatched as it effort as it flew past the posts as the Red Dragons looked to put the game to bed at Jenner Park.
Wales then had another chance to put the game to bed, but after neat build-up play between the two substitutes, Andre Phillips and Christopher Colvin-Owens, Asa Lloyd couldn’t quite finish as Evia goalkeeper Ntoumanis did well to stand tall.
Wales finally made it three and put the Greeks out of sight through Alex Lloyd following some neat build-up play down the right-hand side, which was then put in the area by Joseph Morelli and Lloyd made no mistake, firing home Wales third in-front of an empty net.
Andre Phillips added more gloss to what was an excellent display from Stephen Green’s men as the substitute finished stylishly to score Wales’ fourth of the game.
(Featured image: Will Cheshire)