Llangoed and District, league leaders and holders of the LUCAS OIL CUP clashed with second placed Holyhead Town at Nantporth looking to retain the Trophy in Friday night’s final and set a confidence booster against Town who they meet in two further finals, and not to mention the small matter of a league clash at Holyhead where the winners will no doubt take the title and promotion to the Gwynedd league.
So there was a lot at stake but before the start there was a minutes silence as a mark of respect to former player Henry Esin which was observed by everyone in the ground immaculately which the league. would like to thank everyone for.
Llangoed having lifted the first SILVERWARE of the season, The DARGIE Cup also at Nantporth, were full of confidence, but Craig Brodie has assembled a squad of quality with just the right mix of youth and experience, and playing as a team , and they were out of the blocks like Lyn ford Christie and `Hot-shot Hadley’ left the upright shaking with a blistering drive after just seven minutes. Llangoed failed to take heed of the warning and with Jackie Walsh and Tom Roberts instrumental in everything they were doing,, Town were getting on top and Tom Hadley looking dangerous Llangoed were finding it difficult and sure enough on twenty minutes, the blend of youth and experience paid off for `Brodie’s Boys’ . The ageless Jackie Welsh, with a deft flick, set Hadley through on goal and the prolific marksman wasn’t going to miss out this time and struck the ball home [1-0].
Llangoed were looking to get back into the game but had to be mindful of Towns pace upfront and play became a bit cagey .but slowly Town took control and wave after wave of attacks were flowing towards the Llangoed goal but still Town couldn't quite get it right and were almost caught on a counter attack when Mitchell Jones pulled the ball back for Wayne Thomas only for the on rushing striker to fire wide.
With half time some seven minutes away the Harbour men were awarded a corner from which Ricky Lavelle floated over an inviting cross that Captain Tom Roberts gleefully accepted to head home in style and double their lead
The second half saw Llangoed come racing out of the starting blocks as they began to threaten the Town goal, but an experienced back four kept them at bay most of the time and if they did get through keeper Nick Murphy was at his best , pulling off a superb save when Callum Graves effort from some 35 yards looked de3stined for the net.
The Town increased their lead from another corner on 68 mins. This time it was Sion Davies floating the ball over and `Hot-shot’Hadley using his head this time to make it three.
With four minutes remaining , a Chris Dewitt challenge saw Llangoed awarded a penalty and the normally reliable Carwyn Williams steps up to take it and looks for the bottom right hand corner but keeper Murphy was alive to it and pulled off a great stop. In the programme notes it was said of the keeper, “...though he is disappointed at not keeping more clean sheets, well he did in this one when it mattered and the Harbour men were worth their win.
After match comment from Llangoed manager Vince Walker,
“. Congratulations and well played Holyhead Town, and Thank You to the crowd for the excellent manner in which they paid respect to Henry”
The two heavyweights clash again next Friday [14th] , Friday in the HUWS GRAY Megan Cup Final this one being held at The Oval home of Holyhead Hotspurs.