Papirnyk positive after Porthmadog progress to JD Welsh Cup third round

Porthmadog manager Craig Papirnyk has laid out the positives after his side progressed to the third round of the JD Welsh Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Shaun Cavanagh and Jay Gibbs made it 2-0 at the break, but Llanfair’s Nathan Edgington ensured a tight affair when he reduced the deficit on 69 minutes.

But Sion Edwards and Dan Dascalu each got a goal inside the final 15 minutes to send Porthmadog into the hat for the third round.

And Papirnyk was pleased with the performance on a challenging surface against a well drilled Llanfair United.

“We played some very good stuff on a difficult pitch particularly in the 1st half. I felt we controlled the game and could’ve been three or four up inside the opening 30 minutes.

“But credit to Llanfair they finished the half strongly, and were unlucky not to come in at half time with a goal. They started the second half brightly and again caused us some problems, we were slow to start and didn’t find much rhythm in our play during that second half, but we had the quality to win the game and overall I think we deserved it.

He also added his pleasure that despite a less than pristine pitch, Porthmadog stuck to their technical, passing game, which has placed them third in the Huws Gray Alliance so far.

“The main positives for me were that even on a difficult pitch, the boys still played some lovely quick passing football, and in the second half when the lads had to ride it out at times and approach the game differently, they did so well.

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“We had to muck in and credit to the boys, they showed they can do that. Overall I was pleased with how the game went. We certainly weren’t at our best, but adapted to the conditions very well, and can take confidence going into the next game from the win.

Porthmadog’s reward for the victory is a third round tie away to Huws Gray Alliance league leaders Airbus UK FC.

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