Huws Gray Alliance Cup Roundup – Round One
It was a busy day in the Huws Gray Cup, with current holders Flint Town United crashing out of the tournament losing to Holyhead Hotspur, whilst Bangor came from behind to secure a 5-3 win.
There were also notable wins for Ruthin, Denbigh & Conwy Borough.
Rhyl 1-2 Denbigh Town
Rhyl have now suffered back to back defeats after losing to Gresford and Denbigh in the last six days. Denbigh picked up the win thanks to an early goal from Sam Downey. Mike Pritchard equalised for Rhyl after seventeen minutes, and Sam Jones put the visitors back in front on the stroke of half time, to see the away side advance to the next round.
Bangor City 5-3 Gresford Athletic
Bangor City picked up an important win in one of the weekend’s most exhilarating cup matches. Steve Hewitt put the Citizens ahead but Gresford levelled things up three minutes later through Keiran Evans and then took the lead two minutes later through Sam Molyneux. Jack Chaloner extended the visitors’ lead before Les Davies pulled one back for the home side on 26 minutes.
Bangor equalised on 59 minutes through Sam Barnes and then took the lead through winger Robbie Parry before Jacob Farleigh sealed the game on 90 minutes, as they advance to the next round after a difficult test.
Airbus 4-0 Holywell Town
Airbus continued their winning form with a win in the first round of the cup. The home side took the lead in first ten minutes through Matty McGinn. Airbus top scorer Asa Hamilton doubled the Wingmakers’ lead on 19 minutes. The hosts got a third goal on 69 minutes through Lewis Buckley, and then Matty McGinn got his second of the game and sealed their place into the last eight.
Conwy Borough 4-0 Llanrhaeadr Y.M
Gareth Thomas’ side booked their place into the last eight with a comfortable win over Llanrhaedr. Borough took the lead on 39 minutes through striker Corrig McGonigle. Borough doubled their lead on 52 minutes through McGonigle and ten minutes later the striker secured his hattrick. On 78 minutes, Cory Williams made it four to round off the win.
Flint Town United 1-2 Holyhead Hotspur
Current holders Flint went out at the first attempt. Holyhead took the lead on 34 minutes thanks to Jamie McDaid and Alex Jones doubled their lead on the stroke of half time. Flint pulled one back in the 90th minute through Mark Cadwallader, but it was merely a consolation as the defending champions were knocked out at the first hurdle.
Porthmadog 3-0 Buckley
Porthmadog took the lead against Bucks on nine minutes through Ifan Jones. Joe Chaplin doubled their lead on 14 minutes and Iwan Lewis sealed it for the home side later on.
Prestatyn 4-0 Penrhyncoch
Prestatyn made it through to the last eight with a 4-0 win over Mid Wales outfit Penrhyncoch. Aaron White made a breakthrough on 13 minutes for the Seasiders. Ian Griffiths doubled the home side’s lead on 51 minutes and Griffiths got his second soon after. Then Dave Hayes rounded it all off on 71 minutes to get Prestatyn’s fourth goal of the game.
Ruthin Town 3-2 Guilsfield
After a disappointing result last week at Flint, Chris Williams’s side bounced back with a win over the Guils. The Guils took the lead after 17 minutes through Adam Jenkins. The home side equalised on 37 minutes through Kevin Evans and then took the lead on 58 minutes through top goal scorer Llyr Morris. Osian Davies extended the lead for the home side, but Jack Harris pulled one back on 83 minutes.
Huws Gray Alliane CUP Last Eight Draw:
Denbigh vs Airbus
Holyhead vs Ruthin
Porthmadog vs Conwy Borough
Prestatyn vs Bangor City
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