Barry Town United 3-2: Cambrian & Clydach Vale: McLaggon hat-trick gives Barry first Welsh-Cup semi in six years
Kayne McLaggon scored a hat-trick to send Barry Town United into the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup after beating a battling Cambrian.
McLaggon had only flown back from New York this morning, before netting a hat-trick for his first ever hat-trick for his boyhood club.
The Welsh Premier League outfit fought from behind after goals from Mark Crutch and former Barry forward Sam Jones have the Welsh League side a first-half lead after Crutch cancelled out McLaggon’s opener. McLaggon netted late from with a third assist of the game from Jordan Cotterill.
Cambrian gave a good account of themselves and battled well with just three defeats since September. Barry were sloppy in the first half but dominated the second. The hosts had a number of chances but McLaggon’s was the man to take them.
The visitors were limited as they were without club captain David Thomas and one of their goal scorers in the previous round Cory Shepherd.
Joe Evans brought down Chris Hugh outside the area. Captain Jordan Cotterill hit it goalwards but an intercepting touch from Kayne McLaggon directed it past Bradley.
Jonathan Hood had the chance to double Barry’s lead but Kieron Coles made a telling block after Cotteril’s searching cross.
Cambrian also scored from a free-kick. Cameron Keetch put a great ball in for Cam captain Mark Crutch to score with a cushioned header.
Cotterill juggled with the ball in the box and his slight touch fell to McLaggon but he couldn’t double his tally as it sailed into the arms of Bradley.
Bradley made a fine save to deny his former club. Crutch slipped and the ball fell kindly to Momdoou Touray but his lofted effort was tipped onto the crossbar and over.
McLaggon laid it across to Jonathan Hood for a certain goal with a tap in but Joe Evans made an incredible goal-line line save.
The game became quite feisty and the last chance of the half was a free-kick with Clayton Green booked. Keetch fired a driven free-kick into the hands of Lewis.
McLaggon spurned a golden opportunity after being threaded through by strike partner Touray, blazing over from just yards out.
Barry continued to miss good opportunities. McLaggon intended to pass to Touray but after he took out Joe Evans, Cotterill blazed over the bar.
Keetch already on a yellow card took out substitute Drew Fahiya for a free-kick, allowing a repeat of Barry’s first goal. Cotterill swung the ball in and McLaggon flicked his header past a rooted Bradley.
It was a hat-trick of goals and a hat-trick of assists for Jordan Cotterill and Kayne McLaggon. Cotterill played the ball through to McLaggon who calmly slotted it past the diving Bradley into the corner of the goal.
Touray was in search of his goal but stand-in captain Crutch made a goal-line clearance. McLaggon then wanted a fourth but his flick was blocked for a corner.
Cambrian thought they had scored directly from a corner but Lewis was impeded by substitute Richard French.
Up the other end, Barry almost had that security goal. McLaggon then chested Chris Hugh’s cross but it was blocked by Bradley as the prolific forward aimed for a fourth.
The Welsh League outfit continued to battle and almost came from behind for a second time. Josh Owen troubled Mike Lewis with a curling shot at the Barry keeper.
Barry Town United: Lewis, Morgan (Fahiya 61), Cooper, Watkins, Hugh, Green, Patten, Hood (Greening 61) Cotterill (C), Touray, McLaggon (Abbruzzese 91)
Cambrian BGC: Bradley, Evans, Keetch (Thomas 70), Crutch (C), Coles, Griffiths (Owen 64), K.Jones, Strinati, Reed, Edwards (French 70), S.Jones
- Goals – McLaggon (7, 66, 75′) Crutch (30′), S.Jones (40′)
- Yellow cards – Keetch (7′), Crutch (39′), Cotterill (42′) Griffiths (42′) Green (45′) K.Jones (51′), Owen (89′) Thomas (91′)(Featured Image: Rhys Skinner)